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From the Director of Counseling

Class of 2020: Thank you to all of the Class of 2020 parents that joined the Counseling Team in the Class of 2020 College Application Meeting.  If you missed the meeting, you can check out all the resources on our Counseling Website under College & Career Resources. The power point has numerous links to help you guide you and your family through the process. 

All Students & STH Families: Curious of what is next and suggested dates for college applications, testing dates and workshops hosted by the Counseling Department, check out Fall Calendar


Counseling Visits at STH

Sept. 9, 2019, University of Texas at Austin @ 11:05 a.m. during lunch in Turner Hall


Sept. 10, 2019, Washington University in St. Louis @ 11:05 a.m. during the Board Room

These are brown bag luncheons, so bring a lunch from home.  Sign up in Naviance  and these are open for 9th-12th grade STH students. 
These dates are subject to change due to last minute cancellations/changes from the college.  If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Garza in the Counseling Department at extension 107 or email at

College Knowledge 

Are you interested in attended a small school with a strong Catholic community where an education rooted in Western Civilization and the Classics is a top priority? Check the University of Dallas!

Location: Irving, TX
Size: 1,685
Top Programs: Biology, Business, English, History, Psychology, Politics, Classics, Human and Social Studies
Average SAT/ACT: 1255/27
Mascot: Crusaders
Fun Facts: 80% of students study abroad on their OWN campus in Rome! 3-2 Nursing and Engineering dual-degree programs! 4 +1 bachelor's/master's program in multiple fields! Major Groundhog Day traditions!  NCAA DIII Athletics! Multiple Fulbright and Rhodes Scholars come from UD!

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

And more to come! 

Around Town:

Southeast Texas Academy and ROTC (S.T.A.R.) Seminar
Staff from Congressional Offices, representatives from all five academies (U.S. Military Academy, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and U.S. Air Force Academy), current academy cadets and midshipmen will all be available to answer all of your questions about Air Force, Army, Navy and Marine Corps ROTC, along with representatives from Academy Prep programs from Marion Military Institute, New Mexico Military Institute, and Greystone Prep

Saturday, September 14, 2019
8:00 AM - 1:00 PM; Registration opens at 7:15 AM
Note: This is a “come & stay” event!
San Jacinto College
Center for Petrochemical, Energy & Technology
7901 W. Fairmont Pkwy.
Pasadena, 77507
The Forum is free and open to the public; no pre-registration is required

Interested in going to college in California? 6 of the 9 University of California schools will be visiting Episcopal High School on Tuesday, September 17th at 7:00PM.  RSVP is required and space is limited! Register here!

Explore Rice University
Sept. 15 or Sept. 22
Rice will host their annual fall open house program for high school seniors. Students and families will have the opportunity to interact with current faculty and students in ways that go beyond a normal campus visit. It's truly the best time to visit this beautiful campus before applying. If your seniors are considering Rice, this is a great way to experience campus!  

Careers, Resumes, oh my!

Cool Career- Occupational Health and Safety Specialst

During Aquinas Week, sophomores completed a career cluster inventory.  The most common cluster among the students was Architecture and Construction.  While this cluster includes many great jobs in the building process from design to construction to final decorative touches, one really cool job in this cluster is that of an Occupational Health and Safety Specialist.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists are in charge of preventing injuries and disease on work sites.  They evaluate sites to identify potential dangers and recommend measures to protect workers.  They investigate incidents to determine how to prevent them from occurring again in the future.  Occupational Health and Safety Specialists inspect workplace environments, equipment, and practices to make sure they are in compliance with safety standards and regulations.  In a way, they serve as job site superheros.

Occupational Health and Safety Specialists work in a variety of different environments, including construction sites, chemical plants, and scientific laboratories.  You can get to this career field with a bachelor's degree in a variety of different majors, including Engineering, Public Health, and Pre-Med.  Occupational Health and Safety Specialists make on average $73,020/year nationally and demand for people to fill these roles is expected to grow between now and 2026. Learn more about this career field on O*NET.

Show me the Money 

How do I get my scholarship money?

That depends on the scholarship. The money could go straight to your college, where it will be applied to any tuition, fees, or other amounts you owe, and then any leftover funds given to you. Or it might be sent directly to you in a check. The scholarship provider should tell you what to expect when it informs you that you’ve been awarded the scholarship. If not, make sure to ask.

How does a scholarship affect my other student aid?

A scholarship will affect your other student aid because all your student aid added together can’t be more than your cost of attendance at your college or career school. So, you’ll need to let your school know if you’ve been awarded a scholarship so that the financial aid office can subtract that amount from your cost of attendance (and from certain other aid, such as loans, that you might have been offered). Then, any amount left can be covered by other financial aid for which you’re eligible.

Trends and Points of Interest


In a continuation of last week's theme which covered the difference that an effective college essay can make in a student's chance for admission, another factor to consider is what college admissions personnel refer to as demonstrated interest (DI).  While DI may not be a crucial factor for all colleges, it certainly plays a larger role in the admissions process of the more highly selective universities.

So how does a student effectively demonstrate to a college or university that he is very serious about his desire to attend that particular school?  Of course, applying Eary Decision (ED) or Early Action (EA) is the most obvious way to display a high level of interest yet many colleges also track things such as official visits made to the school, occasions in which the student has shown the initiative to request or provide information, and face-to-face or technological contact with the admissions representative assigned to that particular student.

Below are some links that explore this topic in greater depth and offer lists of colleges by their levels of DI consideration.

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