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Welcome to the Gaylord High School Guidance and Counseling Office Website.  Our goal is to provide services in educational development, career development, and in social/emotional development.  These services include counseling, consulting, and coordinating. 

Mrs. Somerville is responsible for students with the last name beginning with A-G, students with a 504 plan, and students who receive special education services.  Mrs. Eckstein is responsible for students with the last name beginning with H-O, and Mr. Hervela is responsible for students with the last name beginning with P-Z. 

Below you will find information on the following: SAT Test Dates, Scholarships, Financial Aid, NCAA-College Athletics, Dual Enrollment, Counseling Opportunites For Students, and Prevention Programs.




The spring 2020 MME testing has been canceled.  Students interested in taking the ACT or SAT can access the websites below to inquire when either exam will be given (when and where).

(Gaylord code:  231-620)
Free ACT online prep and registration, college and career planning -


SAT test information:     
(Gaylord code:  231-620)

Sites for Career Exploration


-Search for the hottest, most interesting careers!

-Find out how much money you could make.

-Discover the latest career trends.

-Learn more about Michigan schools that can help you get there.

-Prep for the cool, fun and independent life you want to live.

Find your career path right now at

Students can search database for colleges by state, degree, and subject.  Offers a free matching service.

Career Cruising
Students assess their interests and skills while matching them to possible career options.
Username: GCSD-XX (last two digits of graduation year) last name first initial
Password: School ID#    
(Example:  GCSD-17SmithJ)

Mapping Your Future

College App Map
A great resource to find apps to support, inform, and coach you to and through college.

Bureau of Labor Statistics
(click on "career exploration")

Occupational Outlook Handbook
A guide to career information

Career One Stop 
(click on "explore careers", then complete self-assessments)

Job Corps



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Other Scholarships

College Board Opportunity Scholarships:  $500 (500):  Earn a chance at a $500 scholarship for completing the FAFSA.  500 "Complete the FAFSA" scholarships will be awarded in October, November, and December. 

Complete the additional 6 college planning steps for 6 separate chances at $500.  When you finish all 6, you'll be entered into a drawing for a $40,000 scholarship (but you can still earn money even if you don't complete them all).  For additional information, and to apply, go to  

Michigan Elks Association "Gold Key" Scholarship Program ($2,000/yr, renewable):  Student must be a senior with special needs and have an IEP from the school.  The local Elks lodge must sponsor the applicant, and all supporting documents need to to submitted by e-mail before December 1, 2021. Supporting documents include:  completed application, transcript, parent letter regarding financial need, letter of acceptance from college or trade school, and letters of recommendation.  (See Mrs. Eckstein in Guidance for submission details.)

Hagan Scholarship Foundation ($12,000/yr):  Student must be a U.S. citizen and have achieved a cumulative GPA of 3.75.  Student must enroll at an eligible 4-year university or college the first semester following high school graduation.  Student must work 240 hours during the twelve months prior to fall semester college enrollment.  Student must complete FAFSA and be Pell Grant eligible.  Applications available online at Deadline:  December 1, 2021.

Zonta International:  Young Women in Public Affairs Award (amount varies):  Student must be a female, age 16 - 19 by April 1st, be an active volunteer, and have experience in local or student government.  (Having knowledge of Zonta's goals and programs is helpful.)  Additional information and application may be found at  Two confidential recommendations necessary as well as school enrollment verification.  Deadline:  March 1, 2022.

Ryan Fischer Legacy Scholarship ($5,000):  Student must be a senior enrolled at and participating in MHSAA interscholastic ice hockey at a member school.  Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.5, be a graduating senior, and will have lettered, by the completion of his/her senior year, in at least two sports, one being hockey.  For additional eligibility criteria, see application.  Deadline:  January 28, 2022.  To apply online, and for additional information, go to

MEA Scholarship (amounts vary):  Student must be a dependent of a MEA member, and planning on attending a Michigan public degree-granting institution or vocational school.  Academic achievement, school/community service, and extra-curricular activities will be considered.  Two letters of recommendation required.  Please apply online at  February 17, 2022.  

GRBS Perseverance Scholarship ($1,000):  Student needs to either make a video, or write an essay, regarding a hardship he/she has had to overcome in life.  (More details found on application.)  Applications may be found online at /docs/district/depts/146/grbs perseverance scholarship 2022.pdf?id=1199, or outside the Guidance Department in the senior hallway.  Deadline:  March 13, 2022.

List of scholarships by state
List of national scholarships

NROTC Scholarship Program:  Additional information can be found at



FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
Begin after Oct.1st.

Michigan--Paying For College


Dear High School Senior: As you complete your final year of high school and prepare for your postsecondary options, the following should be considered to maximize your opportunities for State of Michigan aid programs.

• Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).  A FAFSA is required each year to receive state aid, regardless of the program. The FAFSA must be submitted by March 1, 2022, to be considered on time for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship and Michigan Tuition Grant. The FAFSA can be completed at

• After your FAFSA is received, create a MiSSG Student Portal account at to complete aid program applications and monitor your eligibility status.  Our office awards the first college/university listed on your FAFSA. If you decide to attend a different institution, please update this in the MiSSG Student Portal or call us at 1-888-447-2687.

• If you scored 1200 or higher on the SAT, you may qualify for the Michigan Competitive Scholarship (MCS).  For consideration of the MCS, we need to associate your SAT score with your FAFSA. To complete this process, we need your Social Security Number (SSN). Your SSN may already be in our system, but we recommend that you ask your high school counselor to check your information in the MiSSG High School Counselor Portal or you can call us at 1-888-447-2687 to check.

• If you are eligible for the Tuition Incentive Program (TIP), you must complete your application by August 31st of the student's graduating year and before age 20. To check your TIP eligibility and complete an application, log into the MiSSG Student Portal at or call us at 1-888-447-2687.  Some colleges/universities have separate deadlines for TIP students. If you are TIP eligible, contact the financial aid office of the college/university that you plan on attending to learn about their process for TIP students. To learn more about our programs and resources, please visit Connect with us on social media @mistudentaid.



It is extremely important to let your Coach and Counselor know if you plan to participate in college level athletics!  Counselors know the ropes for initial eligibility and will help guide you through the process.

All Gaylord courses have been submitted to the NCAA eligibility center; however, not all courses have been approved.  Talk with Mrs.Eckstein to make sure you are taking the right classes for NCAA eligibility.

Key Links

NCAA Website
NCAA Eligibility Center

Dual Enrollment

General GHS Dual Enrollment Requirements & Information

The Dual Enrollment program enables students at Gaylord High School to enroll in classes offered by North Central Michigan College and Kirtland Community College and earn college credit while still in high school.

  1. Students can qualify for dual enrollment by taking one of the following assessments:  PSAT, SAT, ACT, or MME.   Contact your Guidance Counselor to see if your scores qualify.
  2. The college courses cannot be a hobby, craft, or recreation course, or in the subject areas of physical education, theology, divinity, or religious education.
  3. The district must not offer the college courses.
  4. School districts are required to pay the lesser of:
  • The actual charge for tuition, mandatory course fees, materials fees, and registration fees; or
  • That state portion of the students' foundation allowance, adjusted to the proportion of the school year they attend the postsecondary institution.
  1. Understand that dual enrollment may effect your class rank and GPA.
  2. Be aware that dual enrollment classes may conflict with GHS extra-curricular activities. It is expected that the college schedule take precedence over all GHS scheduled events.
  3. If a student withdraws from, or fails a dual enrollment class, he/she will be billed for the class and textbook. Classes typically cost between $600-$700 per semester, not including the textbook(s).

Always check to see if your college course will transfer to a four year Michigan university  (

Contact Mrs. Eckstein with any questions at (989) 705-3108.

Guidance Counselor

Contact Gaylord Blue Devil Wellness Clinic 989-732-6890 for more information.

* AP Exams for the 2019/2020 school year will be still be administered by the College Board.  The College Board is developing online exams that will be taken at the students home.  Students who already registered for an AP exam are enrolled to take the exam(s) they choose.  Students will receive information through the emails they used to register with the College Board back in the fall when they created their College Board accounts.  This includes GHS students who are taking an AP class through Michigan Virtual.  The AP teachers will be passing on more information to the students through Google Classroom.  The following link has more information:



High School

Guidance Staff

Terri Eckstein

Terri Eckstein
989-731-0969 x1209

Jeff Hervela

Jeff Hervela
989-731-0969 x1210

Kristy Somerville

Kristy Somerville
989-731-0969 x1211

Laura Wohlfeil

Laura Wohlfeil
989-731-0969 x1213


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