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.


2016 - 2017 ACT Test Dates

Test Date Registration Deadline Late Fee Required
June 10, 2017 May 5, 2017 May 6-19, 2017


The ACT                        

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

2016 - 2017 SAT Test Dates    

Test Date Registration Deadline
June 3, 2017 May 9, 2017


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

Career Exploration

Sites for Career Exploration

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


North Central Michigan College Scholarships (amounts vary)
Student must be accepted at NCMC.  Some of the scholarships are need-based, others are merit-based.  High school transcript required.  Deadline:  May 15, 2017. Applications available in the Career Ed room in Guidance and online.

North Central Michigan College Jack and Dorothy Harris Scholarship ($2,000/yr)
Student must be a current or past NCMC dual-enrolled student planning on attending NCMC full-time (12 credits minimum).  Student must have completed the FAFSA.  Applications available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  May 15, 2017.

AOPA High School Flight Training Scholarship ($5,000)
Student must be 15 - 18 years old and currently in high school.  GPA minimum is 2.75.  Parental approval required.  Application must be completed online by May 19, 2017.  As part of the scholarship application process, the student will be asked to detail his/her interest in aviation, describe his/her leadership and decision-making skills, and demonstrate responsibility.

Cheryl Wojtas Memorial Scholarship Program
Student must be a graduating Gaylord High School senior and be able to demonstrate financial need.  Student must be pursuing a post-secondary education as a full time student at a trade school, college, or university.  Must include high school transcript and two letters of recommendation, along with completed application and personal statement.  Applications available in the Career Ed room in Guidance.  Deadline:  May 18, 2017, hand in to Mrs. Eckstein in Guidance.   (Note:  children of GCS employees are not eligible)

Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship ($1,000)
Student must be planning on  pursuing a business-related degree program.  Complete application and essay.  Deadline:  June 1, 2017. 

Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship ($1,000)
Student must be planning on pursuing an animation-related degree program.  Complete application and essay.  Deadline:  June 1, 2017. 

Aspiring Fashion Professional Scholarship ($1,000)
Student must be planning on pursuing a fashion-related degree program.  Deadline:  June 1, 2017.

2017 Horatio Alger Career & Technical Scholarship (up to $2,500)
Student must be completing high school and enrolling in a career or technical degree/certificate program.  Must demonstrate financial need and perseverance.  Deadline:  June 15, 2017.

Other Scholarships

List of scholarships by state
List of national scholarships

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 26, 2016, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. in the Gornick Auditorium at GHS

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 $400-$500 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) 705-3035.

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.

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.