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Science Hill Counselors (left to right): Joe McPherson, Kim Thompson, Holly English, Ryan Goines, Suzanne Reaves and Josh Jarnigan.



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tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program

The tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program is a FREE, three-week program that helps students become more academically and socially prepared for their first semester of college! 

Hosted on a community college campus, students will participate in math, reading and English classes each day. College professors teach the classes, so the program will give you a feel for what college will be like in the fall – including making friends and building relationships with future classmates. In addition to free classes, students will receive               free lunch each day.

All students will have the opportunity to test out of learning support classes via the Accuplacer assessment before and after the Summer Bridge Program. This is a huge benefit of the program, as it can help you gain a head start on college!

Northeast State Summer Bridge Dates are  July 11- 28.

 For more information click

 Apply at

The tnAchieves Summer Bridge Program is a FREE, three-week program that helps students become more academically and socially prepared for their first semester of college! 

Hosted on a community college campus, students will participate in math, reading and English classes each day. College professors teach the classes, so the program will give you a feel for what college will be like in the fall – including making friends and building relationships with future classmates. In addition to free classes, students will receive               free lunch each day.

All students will have the opportunity to test out of learning support classes via the Accuplacer assessment before and after the Summer Bridge Program. This is a huge benefit of the program, as it can help you gain a head start on college!

Northeast State Summer Bridge Dates are  July 11- 28.

 For more information click

 Apply at


Planet Fitness 

Planet Fitness is going to resume their FREE summer access to any Planet Fitness gyms for teens 14-19 years of age.  The program runs May 16-August 31, 2022.  It is part of their high school initiative that aims at improving teen's mental and physical health.  Interested individuals can go to the website and register.  Feel free to pass along."

There is Hope

4thirTEEN is an organization created for teens and run by teens. Their passion is to provide students a message of hope and support. They will be hosting a “There is HOPE” event at Freedom Hall Civic Auditorium on Sunday, May 15, at 6:00. The keynote speaker will be Heisman Trophy Winner and NCAA National Football Champion TIM TEBOW. The purpose of the event is to support students in such a way that gives them a desire to want more for themselves, plant seeds of hope and reassure them that they are not alone through this season in their lives. Students ages 13-21 will get first priority in reserving tickets for this event. Student tickets are scheduled to be around $10 each and are slated to go on sale Saturday, April 16. Tickets will be available at the Freedom Hall Box Office and, beginning next week, students at SHHS will be able to scan a QR code from a flyer in the hallway and purchase a ticket that way. If you have any questions, please email


3-D Youth Leadership Program

Attention rising juniors and seniors:  The Johnson City Chamber of Commerce is offering their 3-D Youth Leadership Program.  This program is designed to equip, empower, and inspire high school students to become more engaged and impactful leaders in their high school and the community.  The meetings take place on 9 Saturdays throughout next year, August 2022—May 2023.  This program is for students who want to make a difference and be accountable, while learning about leadership/soft skills, making new friends, and experiencing the rewards of serving our community.  The tuition for the program is $50 and the deadline is August 1, 2022.  The applications are in the pockets on the wall beside Mr. Jarnigan’s office on Counselor Row.  Please see your counselor if you have any questions.


Woodland Elementary Carnival Info

Friday, April 8th 5:15-8:15

Want to Help?

We have many volunteer opportunities that involve helping with carnival games, popcorn, inflatables, “Game truck”, prizes, and more!

Sign up below!!


 Girl Scouts of the Southern Appalachians: College Readiness Workshop on April 19th  6:00-7:30pm at our Johnson City Leadership Center (1100 Woodland Ave).

Colleges from in the area that will speak with girls about applying for college and information about their particular college and programs. We have opened this up to all girls ,members and non-members, but have limited space.

Girls are able to join Girl Scouts at any time. Girls are able to earn their highest Girl Scout award, the Gold Award, which opens up a lot of opportunities for scholarships.


Woodland's Spring Carnival

Woodland Elementary is coordinating volunteers for Woodland's Spring Carnival on Friday, April 8.  The carnival runs from 5:30-8, and they would love for volunteers to be able to serve in shifts from 5-6:30/6:30-8 or the duration of the event (set up/clean up 5-8:30).

Students can contact me at with any questions and to sign up.

ETSU Honors Early Assurance Scholars Program

Attention Seniors: Are you interested in attending medical school one day? If so, you should check out the ETSU Honors Early Assurance Scholars Program. This unique honors opportunity guarantees successful scholars admission to ETSU’s Quillen College of Medicine. Eligibility requirements include a 26 on the ACT and a 3.5 GPA. This program also provides a $2500 scholarship each year, a funded study abroad experience, as well as other benefits. Applications are due February 27, 2022 and can be found by going to ETSU’s homepage and typing in Honors Early Assurance Scholars Program in the search bar.

US Military Academy

Juniors, are you considering a US Military Academy?   Apply to the West Point Summer Leadership Experience by March 15th to take a behind the scenes look at West Point and see how we develop leaders of character.  This weeklong immersive on-campus experience runs May 28 – June 3, and June 4 – June 10, 2022.  There is no fee to apply, and generous need-based scholarships are available. Standardized test scores are not required, but the ideal applicant has a strong academic background and participates in team sports and other extracurricular activities. Note: When you apply for SLE you are also submitting an admissions screening application.


Boys State

The American Legion Boys State is among the most respected and selective educational programs of government instruction for high school students. Each participant becomes a part of the operation of his local, county and state government. At Boys State, participants are exposed to rights and privileges, duties and responsibilities of a franchised citizen. The training is objective and practical with city, county and state governments operated by the students elected to the various offices. Activities include legislative sessions, court proceedings, law enforcement presentations, assemblies, bands, chorus and recreational programs. The 2022 Boys State will be held in person at Tn Tech University. Dates are May 22-27. Any junior boy interested in participating should see their counselor or ROTC leader for more information.


Girls State

Volunteer Girls State! in-person session at Lipscomb University on May 29 - June 4, 2022.

The program is centered on citizenship, teamwork, and fostering a love of God and country. Staff guide participants, or “citizens,” through the week as they elect city, county, and state officials, engage in party politics, debate legislation, and collaborate in a host of fun team activities. Program Highlights · Practical, engaging citizenship and a dynamic government curriculum · Respectful debate of real-world issues · Live sessions of the Tennessee Supreme Court · Fun competitions, including ALA VGS Olympics · Musical performances by the ALA VGS Chorus · Prominent speakers have included Tennessee’s governor, U.S. Senators, and other public officials.

Any junior girl interested should see their counselor or ROTC leader for more information.


ARC opened applications for our Summer 2022 learning opportunities: the Appalachian STEM Academy at Oak Ridge and the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA). The Appalachian STEM Academy for middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields, is hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. This program will be held from July 9-22, 2022 for high school students and teachers and July 16-22, 2022 for middle school students. The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy, developed in partnership with Appalachian State UniversityEntreEd, and STEM West, will be held for high school students from July 9-23, 2022 at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.  

TN Tech Explorations in Engineering and Computing

The College of Engineering at Tennessee Tech University would like to extend an invitation to your current 9th – 11th grade students for the 2022 Explorations in Engineering and Computing Summer Camp!   


Explorations in Engineering and Computing (EEC) Camp is a one-week experience for high school students with an interest in STEM, taking place from July 17 - 23.  This is a residential camp and food and board will be provided.  This is an amazing opportunity for students to learn more about the field of engineering, make connections with other students interested in STEM, and be mentored by current Tennessee Tech Engineering students!  Campers will be led in exciting, hands-on experiments, participate in fun engineering challenges, and have the chance to explore our campus.   

Apply at



Auburn University Engineering Day

Attention all students: Auburn University is holding an Engineering Day on February 25 from 8:00—1:00. This is an excellent opportunity for students to explore Auburn’s wide range of engineering disciplines. Students can view exhibits, talk with faculty and departmental representatives, and meet with current students who know first-hand what it’s like to study engineering. You are required to register for this event and registration is limited. For more information go to:

Martin Luther King Jr. Youth Summit

Kingsport Center for Higher Education 300 W. Market St. • Kingsport, TN 37660 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Open to 6th – 12th graders a

Inquiries: or 423.354.2503 

Registration Form:


Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar

We wanted to share a great opportunity for Sophomore, Junior, and Senior students that is taking place on Saturday, December 4 at Tusculum University – the Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Seminar. This seminar helps further leadership skills, is a great resume builder, and teaches communication and public speaking skills.

This all day event (9am-5pm) includes Dr. Adolph Brown as our keynote speaker for the event. Dr. Brown is well known for inspiring and encouraging participants to tap into their inner potential to create the change they want to see. Presentations and teambuilding exercises will focus on our key focus areas of leadership, communication, and collaboration. Participants will also learn about Rotary, Interact, and Rotary Youth Exchange. This year's unique RYLA event will be an engaging and transformative experience for all participants!

The deadline to attend is quickly approaching on November 21. Students can register to attend online at:

Aviation Science Team 

On behalf of the Dean of the APSU College of STEM, we would like to invite your students to an Aviation Science Education Facility Open House.  APSU is home to the state’s only Helicopter Pilot Bachelor’s degree program with its state of the art technology and highly trained instructors who are ready to help your students earn their degree and prepare for five FAA certifications. 

Please share this letter with any interested students who can register for the event through the QR code or at:

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out at apfortcampbell@

Coolidge Scholar Application

Outstanding Juniors (seniors may NOT apply) that are interested in Public Policy and Public Service should consider applying to become a Coolidge Scholar.  Coolidge scholars receive a full tuition scholarship that includes all expenses to ANY 4 year college.  Be sure to begin reading over the requirements for this scholarship right away.  Part of the application process includes reading President Calvin Coolidge’s Autobiography.  More information and the application can be found at: and applications must be completed by January 19,2022.


Eastman Black Month Oratorical Contest

It is time once again for the Eastman Black History Month Oratorical Contest that provides local high school students an opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of African American contributors to the academic disciplines of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math (STEAM).  This contest also provides students an opportunity to improve their writing, communication, public speaking and leadership skills.  Students selected as authors of the top 15 essays will be notified by Feb 1, 2022 and the top 5 essays will be invited to present their orations at the Annual Eastman Black History Month Luncheon held February 21, 2022 at 6pm.  The 1st place student will receive a $1,500 cash prize; 2nd place $1000; 3rd place $750; and 4th place $500 and 5th place $250.  The academic sponsor of the first place student will receive a $100 gift card for his/her classroom.  Visit for more info and to submit your essay.  Deadline for submissions is January 3, 2022.


100 Men Walk 

On Saturday Oct 23 Carver Recreation will be hosting the 100 Men Walk event to help raise awareness for men's health. The information will be posted below:

9am: Registration 

10am: Walk begins

11am: Lunch (Provided by the community)

Noon: Health Fair begins

Berea College

African American Juniors with financial need (household income of $40K or less) and a GPA of at least 3.4 that has demonstrated leadership and character should consider becoming a Carter Woodson Legacy Scholar nominee at Berea College.  Berea students receive a tuition promise scholarship which means that students will receive a tuition free education at Berea.  See your counselor and visit

for more info.  Deadline to be nominated is December 17, 2021.

If you have an interested student, you can nominate them at:

We can nominate as many as we want as long as they meet the above criteria.


MTSU’s annual True Blue Tour

MTSU’s annual True Blue Tour will be at the Johnson City Country Club on Wednesday, October 27th at 6:00 PM. This FREE event is ideal for students and families of high school juniors or seniors interested in MTSU, where attendees will have the chance to talk with representatives from nearly every academic program, ask questions about financial aid and housing, and meet current students. But the best part is that every student who attends will be entered to win one of several prize drawings throughout the event, including scholarships!!

To register for this event and for a chance to win a scholarship, register right away at:

You can also contact Anna Flora at MTSU for more info at: or 615-494-7942 (phone) or 615-570-4159 (text)


Mars Hill University's TN Neighbor Visit Event

For high school students from Carter, Cocke, Greene, Unicoi, Washington counties, who are pursuing their first undergraduate degree. Your annual scholarship of at least $17,883 awaits. Check it out at an upcoming Tennessee Neighbor Visit Day: The Tennessee Neighbor Promise: Thursday, October 21 Saturday, April 23. Learn more about the Tennessee Neighbor Promise, or sign up for one of our Visit Days, here:

U.S. Presidential Scholars Program 

SHHS has the opportunity to nominate two seniors to be considered for the U.S. Presidential Scholars program. One senior may be nominated from each school for the general academic component of the program, and one senior may be nominated for the CTE component of the program.  


General Academic Component applicants are based on academic success and perseverance. The program emphasizes the following areas on their application:? 

  • Academic achievement 
  • Leadership skills 
  • Community involvement 
  • Overcoming obstacles  
  • Strong writing skills 

CTE Component applicants are considered based on excellence in career and technical education (CTE). This component emphasizes the following areas on the application: 

  • Academic rigor 
  • Technical competence 
  • Employability skills 
  • Ingenuity and creativity 

Students interested in being considered for one of SHHS’s nominations for either program should turn their resume in to their counselor no later than October 22nd. 



UTC is free this week through the 24th if they use the code APPLY4FREE


ASVAB Information 


The Armed Service Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is a aptitude test developed by the Department of Defense. 

There are two versions of the test:

  • The enlistment version of the ASVAB is given at a Military Entrance Processing Station (MEPS) and is used for recruiting purposes only.
  • The student testing program, also known as the ASVAB Career Exploration Program (CEP), is used for career exploration and is given in high schools and community colleges, at job corps centers and at correctional facilities

We use the test to help students find a possible career that they are interested in. We have posted the links to some helpful parts of their website here. We are going to offer the ASVAB Test here at Science Hill on Sept 27th and again on Feb 8th. The registration for the Sept test has closed however we will be posting the registration link for the Feb one soon!

What career is right for me? | ASVAB Career Exploration Program (


Coca-Cola Scholars Program

Attention Seniors: The Coca-Cola Scholars Program application is now open! 150 students will be named Coca-Cola Scholars and each will receive a $20,000 scholarship. Seniors with a 3.0 GPA who meet the eligibility requirements are encouraged to apply. The online application requires students to list their high school and community activities, grades, and service hours. There are no essays or recommendations needed to apply. The deadline is October 31, 2021. To apply visit


Need Community Service Hours?

The Johnson City Bluegrass Half Marathon needs volunteers for set up, clean up, and various other activities.  Visit this website to register:


Attention sophomores and juniors interested in Mercer University:

The CASE program is underway. The Certificate of Achievement and Service Excellence (CASE) Program seeks to identify students who embody Mercer’s commitment to research and service. Eligibility requirements include a 3.5 GPA or higher and demonstrated continued involvement in service during high school. Students who are chosen will be given a $500 scholarship, contingent upon their acceptance and matriculation to Mercer University. The CASE program will also host a multi-day summer on-campus experience and participating students will be named CASE Service Scholars and will be awarded an additional $2000 scholarship. Interested students should submit a resume to their counselor by October 7, 2021.


"Meet A Moc" 

UT Chattanooga has a new program called “Meet a Moc” that will take place in Kingsport on September 23.  This program was designed as a “drop in” for students who may have missed their local college fair or who might have more questions that they’d like to ask of their admissions counselor. Students can find more information out about this program and register by visiting:


Want to learn more about a military service academy?


Any high school student interested in learning more about one of the U.S. Military academies is encouraged to attend Congresswoman Diana Harshbarger’s Military Service Academy Day.  This event will take place on September 18, 2021 from 9-11:30amEST at Walters State Community College in Morristown, TN.  Representatives from all military academies will be on hand, as well as members from all branches of the US military to share information and answer questions.  You must RSVP for this event by emailing:


**Attention Seniors**-- Roan Scholars Program

Seniors interested in applying for the Science Hill recommendation to the Roan Scholars program can pick up an application packet in the main office. Application packets will be available beginning Monday, August 16, 2021. The deadline to return applications to Steffany Akers in the main office is Friday, September 3, 2021. Check your canvas messages for more information on the Roan Scholars program.


UT Success Academy: University of Tennessee

Attention students who’ve been accepted to the University of Tennessee:  A new program called the UT Success Academy will have its first class this fall.  This program is designed to maximize new first-year Black and Latinx male students’ transition to the Volunteer Community.  This program will have customized classes, community building, and a $2000 annual scholarship.  For more information go to



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Our Mission:

  • Emphasizing creativity, inquiry, personal responsibility, and cultural awareness, the Science Hill High School counseling department will graduate students who are prepared to pursue their academic, personal, and professional goals while helping students solve real-world problems through teamwork in order for our graduates to compete successfully in the global marketplace.


Our Vision:

  • By developing a rigorous and relevant counseling program and creating an expectation of success for all students, Science Hill High School counselors will facilitate a learning environment that enables students to use up to date information regarding college admissions, financial aid, and career assessment data to adapt to a competitive and changing global society on an academic, personal, and professional level.