Abilene High School Guidance Office

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We have been working diligently to update the Guidance Website with new email contact information for scholarships that were to be turned into the Guidance Office.

I have sent out announcements to the seniors via Canvas that explains and gives them specific instructions on submission. Moving forward we are trying to do as much digital submission directly to donors as possible, as we are working from our homes. What has been turned into me as of now will make it's way to donors accordingly.

Thank you for your patience.
Don't hesitate to reach out with questions.

Mrs. Barnes [email protected]

abileneschools.org January     February     March     April     May   June and July ​Local There are numerous scholarship resources for students to tap to help meet college expenses.  We will be posting scholarships that come through our office on this page.  Other places to look would include ou...


Counselor Information

As your family navigates these challenging times, we want you to know that we are still here to support your child and family’s well-being.

Below is information about various mental health and community resources for the district, as well as a link to request that one of us contact you to help connect you with the services your child or your family needs. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us if we can help—we are here to support you.


Abilene Counseling Department

Mrs. Weishaar (A-K)
[email protected]

Mrs. Fritz (L-Z)
[email protected]

Mrs. Barnes (Registrar/Secretary)
[email protected]

abileneschools.org Welcome to the District's Counselor Page! As your family navigates these challenging times, we want you to know that we are still here to support your child and family’s well-being. Below is information about various mental health and community resources, as well as a link to request that one of u...


Guidance Department

Needing to get a hold of us in the guidance office? The best way is via email 📧 👍.

Mrs. Weishaar: Counselor A-K. [email protected]
Mrs. Fritz: Counselor L-Z. [email protected]
Mrs. Barnes: Registrar. [email protected]

Keep checking the website for updates on local scholarship drop offs and other important information.

Stay safe friends!


abileneschools.org ATTENTION SENIORS ​ SCHOLARSHIPS Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA: Apply for Aid ACT Registration Transcript Request: Upcoming College/Career/ACT Events 2020 Senior Information Page -- lots of dates, checklist, etc. Very Important!! Additional Links: ​Transcript Information .......

Congratulations to Jackson Randles for receiving the DAR Good Citizen Award for Abilene High School. Jackson was voted by his teachers for this award, and then went on to write an essay for some scholarship money!

Congratulations to Jackson for this honor!

Congratulations to Makenna!!!! 💕❤️💕

We are proud to announce the 2020 class of #RuddScholars 👩‍🎓👨‍🎓‼️ These 3️⃣0️⃣ Kansas high school seniors each receive a full ride scholarship to Emporia State University, Fort Hays State University, or Wichita State University. We are proud to invest $1.1 million in these students to cover all 4 years so that they can graduate debt free and become leaders in their professions and in their communities here in Kansas. More info can be found at https://www.ruddfoundation.org/news

Wichita State Admissions Fort Hays State University - Admissions Office #Grit #HumbleandHungry

Pre-enrolling Class of 2024 today! Really excited for this great group of kids to be at AHS!🧡

Our Senior Wall of “Up Next...” is growing! Big choices are being made and the kids are excited to be finishing up the 3 Quarter of their senior year this week!! 3/4 done!!! Hang on parents, it’s going to fly!!

New chairs for your chatting pleasure..... (and look at those cute scarves!!!)

didn't get many pics today, but we were so excited to have the Class of 2024 in the building! AHS Counselors love pre-enrollment timE!

Do you know how lucky we are to have had Elly?! Elly has been an amazing blessing to the staff and kids this year as our crosswalk lady. She has been a smiling ray of sunshine each day. We are so grateful for her and we will miss her, as the new crosswalk lights have been put in at the 14th St & Cedar St intersection.

Thank you Elly for bringing so much joy to our days!!! You’re a blessing!

This past week was National School Counseling Week. I’m giving a huge shout out to these amazing ladies at AHS! Getting to see first hand all that they do for these kids is a blessing and an honor, and I’m grateful to be a small part of it.

Thank you for all you do!💕 - Mrs. Barnes

This week we have been covering enrollment for all of our current high school kids for next FALL. Be on the lookout for enrollment papers for next year. These forms will need to be returned next week.

The AMS 8th graders will be making their way over to AHS in the next few weeks starting their enrollment process as well, so again, be on the lookout for paperwork moms and dads. Have a great weekend!


Guidance Department

Seniors, please fill out the Senior Surveys on “Future Plans” and “Scholarship Info”.

The survey links are at the top of the guidance webpage, on the right 😉


abileneschools.org ​Scholarships Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA: Apply for Aid ACT Registration Transcript Request: Upcoming College/Career/ACT Events 2020 Senior Information Page -- lots of dates, checklist, etc. Very Important!!


Mary Jo Rupp Myers to speak at K-State alumni banquet


abilene-rc.com Abilene native and Kansas State University’s First Lady Mary Jo Rupp Myers ’64 will be the featured speaker at this year’s K-State dinner hosted by the Dickinson County Alumni Club

Grown and Flown

The redefining the relationship was the hardest part. Not because we didn’t want it, it was just brand new, unchartered territory. Can’t talk to his doctor, check his college finance-housing-courses page, and no more accountability on his cell phone. My biggest advice if your kid isn’t a SR yet..... talk to them now! Establish conversation habits for when it’s tense and no one wants to talk... cuz it’s just a lot of figuring out how to move forward together!!

That’s fine, I don’t want to talk to you either. And also, when you have a major problem at college this fall, I’m gonna remember this moment.


Guidance Department

Friends!!! Make sure and checkout the AHS Guidance website page for all the senior stuff.

Click that SCHOLARSHIP link!!

Lots of local scholarships are updating every day. Look for the BLUE dates for updated applications and info!! AND GO!

abileneschools.org ​Scholarships Free Application for Federal Student Aid: FAFSA: Apply for Aid ACT Registration Transcript Request: Upcoming College/Career/ACT Events 2020 Senior Information Page -- lots of dates, checklist, etc. Very Important!!


Local students named to the fall 2019 Deans Honor Roll at Fort Hays State University - Fort Hays State University

Our local students doing well!!

fhsu.edu Deans at Fort Hays State University have named 1,596 students to the Deans Honor Roll for the fall 2019 semester.


Fall 2019 semester honors | News Releases | News and Communications Services | Kansas State University

Way to go, AHS alum! Feel free to send us your university’s honor roll if you’d like it posted here.

k-state.edu Editor's note: If a county or state is not listed, there were no honor students from that area. If a Manhattan area address was given as a permanent address, the student will be listed in the permanent address county and also in the county for the high school on record. Some cities may listed be o.....

[01/09/20]   It’s been a busy first week back at AHS! This week we are working on finalizing 2nd semester schedules. Salina Area Technical College is visiting us today and tomorrow to assist in onsite enrollment during classes.

Parents be on the lookout for SATC forms to be signed and returned for college credit courses taken AT AHS.


Better than Santa! These are the BEST visits from AHS alum. Thank you for your service, Airman Clark!!! (Kids home for the holidays, stop by and see us!!!)

Santa’s been making his rounds this week!! Thanks for stopping by and sharing your joy!! And here’s a shout out to all of our awesome student assistants! We are grateful for you!!

This week we’ve been visiting with our Freshman about their PreACT test results, talked with them about high school expectations and opportunities, and we taught suicide prevention.

How we feel about finals week(Dec 16-20)!! Cartwheels and all!

Well maybe not that excited, BUT the staff is working hard and prepping kids for the weeks ahead, and Christmas excitement is in the air. Give your kiddos an extra hug these next few weeks, the end of the semester is nearing and our seniors are almost half way through the year!

Deadline: Dec 13!! RUDD Scholarship

🚨4 YEAR FULL RIDE! 25 RUDD Scholarships given away!!



The Rudd Scholarship is a Kansas program for Kansas residents who qualify for a Pell Grant and have the grit and determination to achieve their long term goals. This program believes in the Midwestern values of humility, hard work and integrity that make this state and its people great.


Must be a US Citizen or a permanent resident.

Must be a resident of the state of Kansas and qualify for in-state tuition.

Must have a cumulative, unweighted high school GPA of 3.0 or above.

Graduating high school in 2020 and will enroll full-time in the Fall.

Demonstrated financial need (Pell-eligible).

Will attend either Emporia State, Fort Hays State, or Wichita State University.

We have been checking in with some of our students who have “Workplace Experience” as part of their school day.

This student is a senior interested in lab work. However, through the hospital workplace experience they get to visit and learn from all of the departments that make the hospital run. What a neat experience!

Thanks to all of the professionals that are taking the time to teach and work with our youth!


Advantages of Taking the ACT Your Junior Year - Students and Parents | The ACT

Tomorrow (November 20) is the deadline to sign up for the FREE February ACT. For more info, talk to someone in the counseling office!!

act.org Advantages of taking the ACT during your junior year of high school.


Mike Rowe Says Death of Shop Class Is Why Country Has $1.6 Trillion in Student Debt - Tennessee Star

Interesting.... since this hits close to home.... what are your thoughts??

tennesseestar.com Mike Rowe Says Death of Shop Class Is Why Country Has $1.6 Trillion in Student Debt

All things ACT!! Click the link below to register.

Nothing makes the Guidance Office more happy than hearing from our senior Joe Candidates, at today’s assembly, that they have been google searching FAFSA and ACT testing dates!! 👍

Congratulations to these young men!

Wichita State University will be here tomorrow during seminar!! Make sure and checkout the college board across from the guidance office to find out who’s coming each month.

🚨Dr. Sara Luly, the director of the Kstate Honors program will be here this Thursday during seminar in the Media Center to talk about honors programs in general at the college level. NHS and Honors Language students will be invited, all are welcome.


🚨DEADLINE for signing up for the December ACT
is THIS Friday!

Get signed up today at act.org

You know it’s Halloween when you pose for a fire drill with a hot dog before 8:00 in the morning. Good times at Abilene High!! 🧡

What a great College Fair Day at AHS!!

The students visited with many different options for the next step in life, over 40 different schools visited AHS; 4 year Universities, Junior colleges, tech schools, beauty schools and our military!! Thanks everyone for this great event for these kids!!

Some fun pumpkins from this weeks AHS seminar decorating contest !!

Whooooo will be the winners????? 🎃 🎃 🎃

Friends, start looking at those scholarship opportunities!!! Check this link out for all the scholarships, organized by month of due dates.

NOT ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE FOR SENIORS! There are many opportunities for after graduation and also all high school ages!


Discovery Day ay KState! A great crew to spend the day with.... and ran into some of our favorite AHS alum 🧡

Testing, Testing 1-2-3...
In the past 6 school days, AHS counseling has hosted 3 days of testing, and the National ACT today!

Feel free to share the merit and malice of standardized testing.... but for us, it is one of the opportunities we give kids to compete for scholarships, college entrance, and self-assessment.

AHS welcomed Danielle Sullivan, Johnson county CC financial aid advisor supervisor and class of ‘97 Cowgirl, for our financial aid workshop last night.

We had over 60 Seniors and parents learn about financial aid and even complete next years FAFSA process. If you are a Senior this year and still have questions about the college financial aid process, stop by the counseling office!

Welcome to our new AHS Counseling office secretary/registrar, Emily Barnes! She's in training with the legendary Mrs. Bruna....who is now part of the USD 435 Tech team. Congrats to Melinda and Emily! So thankful for so many adults who love and support our Abilene High students. If you gotta be a teenager...it's a pretty good place to be.

A fun day at KU Salina Health Career Day. The students heard talks from doctors, medical students as well as nurses, CNAs and dental hygienists. A neat opportunities for our kids!!

Seniors were given a senior checklist and a presentation full of information and resources today during seminar!

Here's a copy of it on our webpage!

Don’t forget about our financial aid night at the media center tonight at 7pm.

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