Guidance and Counseling

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: ACT Test Dates, Scholarships, Financial Aid, NCAA-College Athletics, Dual Enrollment, Counseling Opportunites For Students, and Prevention Programs.


2017 - 2018 ACT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
Dec. 9, 2017     Nov. 3, 2017    Nov. 17, 2017

Feb. 10, 2018   Jan. 12, 2018                       Jan. 19, 2018

The ACT                        

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

2017 - 2018 SAT Test Dates    

Test Date Registration Deadline
Dec. 2, 2017

  Nov. 3, 2017

March 10, 2018            Feb. 9, 2018                                                                        

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

Career Exploration

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


[MAT2 Logo] MAT2– the Michigan Advanced Technician Training Program – is an innovative, industry-driven approach to education. Developed in conjunction with global industry technology leaders to combine theory, practice and work to train a globally competitive workforce, MAT² addresses two critical issues facing the manufacturing and technology industries: a widening skills gap and an aging workforce. This initiative functions similar to an apprenticeship program, where students alternate between classroom instruction and on-the-job training, gaining the necessary hands-on skills and real-world experiences for them to become a successful and productive member of the workforce.  Watch video:



Bay Area Desk and Derrick Club Scholarship (2, $1,000)--Student must be a senior planning on attending college in the fall, and is entering a field related to petroleum, energy, or any allied industry (OR related to anyone working in one of the above industries).  One letter of reference is required.  Applications are available outside the GHS Guidance Office.  Deadline:  April 12, 2019.

North Central Michigan College's Presidential Scholarship (full tuition, 4 semesters)--Student must be planning on becoming a full-time student at NCMC.  (Online admission's application due no later than April1, 2019.)  Student must have a GPA of at least 3.5 and qualifying SAT scores.  For additional information on how to apply, see Mrs. Eckstein in Guidance.  Deadline:  April 12, 2019.

Blue Goose Northern Michigan Puddle Scholarships ($500-$1,000)--Student must have at least a 3.5 GPA.  Along with completing the application, which includes one essay, the student must submit two letters of recommendation and his/her high school transcript.  Applications are available outside the Guidance Office.  Deadline:  April 12, 2019.

Otsego Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Scholarships (amounts vary)--Student must be a resident of Otsego county and planning on pursuing a degree in the health field.  Student must complete application, write a short essay, and include a high school transcript, two letters of reference, and proof of college acceptance.  (Early college students are not eligibile until they are in their 5th year.)  Applications are available outside the Guidance Office, in the senior hallway.  Deadline:  April 16, 2019.

Northland Sportsmen's Club Scholarships (2, 1 male/1 female)--Student must have a minimum 2.5 GPA and include high school transcript with application. Two letters of recommendation will be needed, plus a letter stating accomplishments and future goals.  Outstanding citizenship and true sportsmanship are key.  Preference will be given to those able to provide evidence of preserving the environment, upholding game laws, and know the safe/proper use of firearms.  Deadline:  April 26, 2019.  Applications available outside the GHS Guidance Office.

Cheryl Wojtas Memorial Scholarship Program [through the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan] ($2,000)--Student must be a graduating student from Gaylord High School and planning on pursuing a post-secondary education as  full-time student at a vocatoinal school, college, or university.  Student needs to submit application along with high school transcript and two recommendations.  A personal statement will also be required.  (Note:  Children of Gaylord Community School employees are not eligibile.)  Applications are available outside the Guidance Department door.  Deadline:  April 26, 2019.  Submit applications to Mrs. Eckstein in Guidance.

Gaylord Blue Devil Boosters Club Scholarships (amounts vary)--Student must be a Gaylord Blue Devil athlete.  Student must complete application, including short essay, and attach a high school transcript.  Applications are available outside the Guidance Office door.  Deadline:  May 10, 2019.

Ancient Order of Hibernians MSGR. Flannery Division Scolarship ($750)--Student must be of Irish birth or descent, have been baptized in the Catholic Church, and been accepted to a college or university.  Student must complete application, along with a short essay, and inlude one letter of recommendation and proof of college acceptance.  Applications are available outside the Guidance Office.  Deadline:  May 10, 2019.

North Central Michigan College Scholarships (amounts vary)--Student must be accepted to NCMC and complete scholarship application.  Scholarships are need-based and merit-based.  Include high school transcript as well.  Applications can be found outside Guidance in the senior hallway.  Deadline:  May 10, 2019.

Zonta International Women in Technology Scholarship ($500)--Student must be a female pursuing a technology degree, or other closely related program.  Student must be either a graduating senior, a fifth-year Early College senior, or past graduate already enrolled in college.  Student must complete application, including essay, and turn in  two letters of recommendation.  Deadline:  June 1, 2019.  Applications are available online at or in the senior hallway outside of the GHS Guidance Dept.  

Kelsey's Law Scholarship ($500-$2,000)-- Open to 11th and 12th grade students who are Michigan residents and have a vaild Michigan driver's license.  Applicants are asked to submit a persuasive message that shows how you would convince young drivers to reduce distractions while driving.  Messages may be in the form of a video, graphic, or Tweet.  Apply online at  August 31, 2019.


Other Scholarships

List of scholarships by state
List of national scholarships

NROTC Scholarship Program:  Additional information can be found at


Financial Aid

It all starts with FAFSA

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

Michigan--Paying For College

Financial Aid Night

October 24, 2018, at 6:00 pm in the GHS library.

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, 2018 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 31, 2018. o 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.


NCAA - College Athletics

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

Get the jump on your college career with 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.

Counseling Opportunities

Guidance Counselor: Compassion, Inspiration, Positivity

Topics include anxiety, stress, coping strategies, depression, and bereavement.   Please call Mrs. Somerville for more details at 731-0969 to schedule your student for counseling.

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

Prevention Programs

STOP Underage Drinking

The Sound of Your Voice is a short animated video that encourages parents to talk with their young adults about the consequences of underage alcohol use.

Talking With Your College-Bound Young Adult About Alcohol is a companion guide for parents that emphasizes their continuing influence on alcohol use decisions by their young adults. It offers tips on how to discuss this issue before and during college.

This year the students enrolled in Health Class will receive a Bullying Prevention Lesson.  They will learn the definition of bullying, be introduced to Matt's Safe Law, and learn a specific strategy to deal with bullying if they are a victim or bystander, STOP-WALK-TALK, strategy.  If you would like more information about this program please contact Mrs. Somerville in the guidance office.

Stop Drug Use

Need help having the drug talk?  There's an app for that (

Talk Early.  Talk Often.  Here's how.

Visit, or download the app.  Learn conversation starters.

Research proves that children and teens whose parents are engaged and hands-on in their day-to-day lives are much less likely to misuse prescription drugs, smoke or drink alcohol.