Besides studying subjects and learning skills to prepare for the workforce, Wayne County High School students have to learn their school’s language of GPA’s, transcripts, credits, dual credit, KEES awards, scholarships, and advanced placement. So, a presentation explaining all of these terms was beneficial to a new group of young people being introduced to specifics regarding their future educational plans through an informative KHEAA presentation held at Wayne County High School.
KHEAA Outreach Counselor Audrey Price answered questions and shared information devoted to showing the underclassmen the importance of putting forth their best efforts so their cumulative GPA can earn rewards later. She explained that they could earn Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship (KEES) money based on their GPA and ACT score. She said the counselor’s office upload students’ GPA’s at the end of each school year and KHEAA notify each student if they have earned a KEES award. You may qualify for KEES if you earn a 2.5 GPA or better at the end of a high school year. In addition, students eligible for free or reduced-price lunches during any year of high school and make qualifying scores on Advanced Placement exams are eligible for bonus awards.
The weighted GPA includes any extra points earned for AP classes. For instance, the AP Biology Class gets a higher weight because it is more difficult than a normal high school class.
She encouraged the students to think about their educations past high school, whether they were considering a four-year degree at a university or technical school training or an associates two-year degree. She showed them the KHEAA.com website and how to make a free MyKHEAA account so they could easily check their KEES money that the students will be awarded with through the Kentucky Lottery proceeds.
Price was prompted about tuition waivers and she said adopted students or students living in foster care were eligible for waivers on tuition costs at Kentucky’s eight state schools and community colleges.
Concluding, there is a variety of options to take advantage of when high school students are planning their future careers.
KHEAA Outreach Counselor Audrey Price
WCHS Social Studies Teacher Darran Vickery watching students write information
KHEAA Outreach Counselor Audrey Price helping out students with the information
Jonathan Ayers, KHEAA Outreach Counselor Audrey Price, Jennifer Romero, and Landon Burchett