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:



Sparkling Ice Scholarship ($5000)--Student must be a U.S. citizen and a graduating high school senior.  Student must also have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher and be enrolled at a college, university, or trade school for the Fall 2018 semester.  Deadline:  February 15, 2018.  Apply online at

Team One Credit Union Scholarship ($ varies)--Student must be, or become, a Team One Credit Union member.  Two letters of recommendation, plus high school transcript, required.  FAFSA must have been completed prior to application submission and Expected Family Contribution documentation will be required.  Must apply online at  http://www.SaginawFoundation.orgDeadline:  February 15, 2018.

MEA Scholarship (~$1,000)--Student must be a dependent of a MEA member in good standing.  Community service, academic achievement, and extra-curricular activities will be considered.  One letter of recommendation required.  Must apply online at Deadline:  February 22, 2018.

Springs Window Fashions Scholarship (up to $1,000)--Student must have excellent high school attendance and better than averge grades.  Student must be planning on attending a local college to study a technical or business field.  Student should demonstrate initiative and smart decision-making skills.  Applications available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Transcript required.  Deadline:  March 1, 2018.

GRBS Perseverance Award ($1,000)--Student must complete an application and write a personal essay on a challenge or hardship he or she has had to overcome in life.  Additional information and applications are available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  March 2, 2018.

Zonta International:  Young Women in Public Affairs Award ($500)--Student must be a female, age 16 - 19, be an active volunteer, and have some knowledge of Zonta's goals and programs.  Two recommendations necessary, along with completed application.  Deadline:  March 9, 2018.  Applications available in the Career Ed room in Guidance, or online at

Otsego County Community Foundation Scholarships (amounts vary)--17 different scholarships available--one application!  Student must apply online at  Two letters of recommendation will be needed, along with high school transcript and SAT scores.  Deadline:  March 15, 2018.

Kiwanis Scholarship ($1,000)-- Student must complete application, plus include a letter of recommendation, a high school transcript, and resume/personal statement.  Consideration will be given to work experience and extra-curriculur activities.  Primary consideration will be given to students who have demonstrated service to their community.  Applications are available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  March 23, 2018.

Gaylord VFW Post #1518 Scholarships (Four $1,000 scholarships will be awarded)--Student must be the son, daughter, grandson, or granddaughter of a veteran, and planning on attending an accredited college or university.  Student must live, or attend school, in Otsego County.  Minimum GPA of 3.0 or higher required.  Must include a high school transcript along with application.  Deadline:  March 29, 2018.  Applications are available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.

Blue Goose Northern Michigan Puddle Scholarship (Two $1,000 scholarships will be awarded)--Student must have a minimum GPA of 3.25, and demonstrate a strong passion for wildlife conservation, OR plan on pursuing studies in community protection (police, fire, insurance).  Applications are available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  April 20, 2018.

Northland Sportsmen's Club Scholarship (2 awards--one male, one female)--Student must have a minimum GPA of 2.5 or higher, and have outstanding citizenship and true sportsmanship.  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.  Two letters of recommendations are required, plus high school transcript and completed application.  Deadline:  April 30, 2018.  Applications are available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.

FMAA (Flag Manufacturers Association of America) Scholarship ($3,000)--Must be a high school senior planning on continuing his/her education in a degree program.  Student must make an original video answering the following question:  "What does the United States flag mean to you as a young American today?"  Additional information can be found in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  May 30, 2018.

BigSun Scholarship ($500)--Student must be a student athlete and complete a short essay (500-1000 words).  Apply online at  Deadline:  June 19, 2018.



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

November 2, 2017 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 Brook 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.