From the Director of Counseling

What's Next? 
Class of 2020- At this point in the year, you should have completed at least one college application if not all. Do not forget to request transcripts on Naviance after your hit submit on your college applications. Did you write a thank you letter to your letter of recommendation writers? Stop by the Gratitude table next week during lunches and flex time to grab a thank you note. 

Class of 2021- Check out all the resources for your junior and get a copy of the presentation from this past Wednesday night in our STH Class of 2021 Google Folder.  Also the time is now to schedule your junior conference for juniors and families. Reach out to your counselor with questions. Please note some counselors will be on campus on Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving break if you want to take advantage of those hours-just reach out! 

Class of 2022 & Class of 2023:  The most important thing for you right now is your grades in your classes.  Things to think about and ask
1. When was the last time you talked to your teacher outside of class? 
2.  When did you go the LEC and work with a specialist? 
3. Did you complete all the extra credit available to you? 
4. Did you talk to your teacher? *Yes I repeated this on purpose--such a easy thing you can do to help your academics. 
5. Are you studying hard or are you studying smart? 
Need ideas on what you could do to enhance your study skills, reach out to me and I will share ideas!

Enjoy this beautiful weekend!
All the best
Chelette Stephenson 

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Interested in playing a sport at the college? Then come out to the mandatory athlete meeting Monday, November 18th at 9:30 a.m. (during flex period) in Turner Hall. If you have questions, please see Ms. Rawls in the counseling office. 

This visit is during lunch, so please bring a lunch from home to the Board Room. If you have questions, please call Mrs. Garza in the Counseling Office at extension 107 or email 

Juniors ONLY Program--APPLY Now! 72 spots open! 

In 1986, the Rotary Club of Houston initiated Camp Enterprise as a practical introduction for Houston area high school juniors who are recommended by their school counselors for their scholastic success, extra curricular activities and demonstrated leadership.

 The students who are then selected by the committee, attend an intensive three-day weekend program of instruction, competition and teamwork. Through interaction with business executives and entrepreneurs, participating students are introduced to the challenges and opportunities of the free enterprise system. Successful business leaders provide insight gained from years of experience to help them learn the values of hard work, dedication and specific principles that can be applied for success, regardless of the career field they plan to pursue.



Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Cool Career- Ear, Nose, and Throat (ENT) Doctor

With the onset of cooler weather, everyone seems to be getting sick.  ENTs are staying busy with all the sniffles and sore throats going around.  In fact, 50% of all doctor visits are for illnesses related to the ears, nose, and/or throat.  If you are considering a career in medicine, this is one specialization that has some serious job security.

ENTs (officially known as otolaryngologists) provide general and surgical care for the ears, nose, throat, and related parts of the head and neck.  They treat a variety of minor issues, including infections, allergies, and snoring, as well as more serious issues, like throat, mouth, and thyroid cancer.  Some ENTs are also trained as plastic and/or reconstructive surgeons.

To become an ENT, you must have both a bachelor's and medical degree.  Taking courses in Biology and Anatomy in college are essential.  After 4 years of medical school, you must complete a 5 year residency and take an additional coursework in the ENT specialty.  After all of that, you can sit for the American Board of Otolaryngology examination in order to become board certified to practice.

ENTs can own their own practices or work in clinics or hospitals.   On average in ENTs make $370,753 in the United States.  Learn more about the ENT career here.

Parents, do you have a cool career you would like featured in our weekly newsletter?  Click here to make it happen!

Summer Experiences

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar
This summer, 56 intellectually curious high school sophomores (“rising juniors”) will participate in one of four challenging six-week college-level seminars on topics related to critical Black and ethnic studies. The seminars will be held at Cornell University and the University of Michigan.  This year's seminar options are:

  • Black Protest from Slavery to #BlackLivesMatter
  • Testify: The Politics of Imagination, Fantasy, & Magic
  • Motor Cultures: Race, Ethnicity, & Transportation in the US
  • AfroAsian Cultures in Media
If selected, your full program, room, and board expenses will be covered by a scholarship.  To learn more about the program, read seminar descriptions, and apply, click here.

Telluride Association Summer Program for Juniors

A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a free six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom. Students attend TASPs because they want a personal and intellectual challenge.  This year's seminar options are:

  • Storytelling Across Genre: Writing for Personal & Political Change
  • Humor, Comedy, and the Politics of Identity
  • Education & Citizenship
  • Feminist Philosophies of Space, Time, & Evolution: Untimely Politics
If selected, your full program, room, and board expenses will be covered by a scholarship.  To learn more about the program, read seminar descriptions, and apply, click here

Trends and Points of Interest

Where do STHS students go to college out of state?????

While we doubt that it will surprise you to learn that the overwhelming majority of our graduating seniors ultimately choose to matriculate to colleges and universities in Texas (69%), it may interest you to see where students typically choose to go if they do indeed decide to venture outside of the Lone Star State. 

The graph below represents matriculation statistics pulled from Naviance for the last six graduating classes of STHS (2014-2019).  If you are open to exploring higher education options outside of the state of Texas, keep in mind that there are hundreds of very high-quality institutions in those regions which would be overjoyed to have more of our students come to their school and would be very willing to demonstrate how much so in the way of more flexible admissions standards and lucrative scholarship offers!

College Knowledge 

Are you interested in a school that boosts top athletics and academics south of the Mason - Dixon line? Let's check out Vanderbilt University!

Location: Nashville, TN
Size: 11,753 (6,791 undergrads)
Average SAT/ACT:  1475/34
Top Programs: Human and Organizational Development; Engineering; Biological Sciences; Medicine, Health and Society; Economics; Education 
Mascot: Commodores
Fun Facts: 330 Acre Arboretum campus, strong writing core curriculum program for all students, an immersive learning experience(like an internship or fieldwork) is a graduation requirement, 44% of students study abroad, 90% of students live on campus, strong Greek system - 34% of men are involved in Fraternities, smallest and only private school in the SEC

Have you added any of our featured schools to your "Colleges I'm thinking about" list on Naviance?  Add them to learn more and check out Scattergrams to see what it takes to be admitted!

Purdue University
Saint Louis University
Ithaca College
United States Military Academy at West Point
University of Dallas
Creighton University.
Trinity University.
Truman State
Bucknell University.
Drake University
The University of Notre Dame
Rice University
Transylvania University
Austin College


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