Thursday, April 19, 2018

Stress: Understanding the Facts

                                  From the Anxiety and Depression Association of America
Everyone experiences stress and anxiety at one time or another. The difference between them is that stress is a response to a threat in a situation. Anxiety is a reaction to the stress.
Whether in good times or bad, most people say that stress interferes at least moderately with their lives. Chronic stress can affect your health, causing symptoms from headaches, high blood pressure, and chest pain to heart palpitations, skin rashes, and loss of sleep.
But you can learn how to reduce the impact of stress and manage your symptoms.
Physical activity is a proven way to reduce stress. Regular participation in aerobic exercise has been shown to decrease overall levels of tension, elevate and stabilize mood, and improve sleep and self-esteem. Other effective methods include mind-body practices of breathing exercises, yoga, and meditation.
Relaxation techniques have been used to assist in the treatment of phobias, panic disorder, and depression, as well as providing relief for people in stressful situations. Find out more about complementary and alternative medicine.
Try these tips when you're feeling stressed or anxious.
This fact sheet from the National Institute of Mental Health explains the different types of stress, the effect on your health, and how to manage it.

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

 DEADLINE: Monday, April 30 at 11:59 pm

Student-Athletes can write a 400-word or less essay for a chance to win prizes from the NCHSAA! Here is the prompt: How can you position being a scholar athlete to promote positive behaviors to your peers, such as wearing a seat belt and staying away from drugs and alcohol?

Click here for the Scholar-Athlete Essay Competition application and to learn more about the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Scholar-Athlete Program! #BuckleUp #ClickitorTicke

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Click it or Ticket Scholar-Athlete Essay Contest

 DEADLINE: Monday, April 30 at 11:59 pm

Student-Athletes can write a 400-word or less essay for a chance to win prizes from the NCHSAA! Here is the prompt: How can you position being a scholar athlete to promote positive behaviors to your peers, such as wearing a seat belt and staying away from drugs and alcohol?

Click here for the Scholar-Athlete Essay Competition application and to learn more about the NC Governor’s Highway Safety Program Scholar-Athlete Program! #BuckleUp #ClickitorTicket

WUNC Summer Youth Reporting Institute

WUNC is seeking applicants for our 2018 Summer Youth Reporting Institute.  We will be hiring 6-8 youth reporters who will be trained up to produce a radio and online story that tells us something new about their world.    This is part of WUNC’s effort to reflect the community it serves.  Our youth reporters help WUNC listeners learn something new about the world.

No journalism experience is necessary, but successful candidates will be engaged with their community, good communicators, curious and fearless.  All applications will be reviewed and considered but this program is designed for older high school age youth (Juniors, Seniors and recent graduates).

Each year our Youth Reporters cover a range of issues often using their own stories as a part of the narrative.  Last summer our reporters covered a racial incident at schoola student lead effort to close the achievement gap and a radical effort to help drug users survive another day.

We’ve got a video about our program here.

This is a learning experience for participating students but it’s also a job with expectations.  It’s 20 hours a week, paid and runs from June 14 – August 10.  While some exceptions can be made for second jobs, college visits and orientations Youth Reporters are expected to be able to work the entire 8-weeks.  The deadline to apply is May 11, 2018.

If you have any questions about the program please contact David Brower or 919-445-9171.

If you have a class, club or youth gathering that would like a visit from our team to tell you more about these jobs please contact Kimani Hall

Please forward this to any and all who might be interested in rewarding summer employment.

Interested students can apply for these jobs here.

David Brower
Program Director                                       
919.445.9171 | 800.962.9862

Monday, April 9, 2018


There are many great opportunities in our state and around the country that provide supplemental learning opportunities during the Summer. See the links below for more information.


The First-Year Shelton Challenge is a six-day summer experience for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in high school. Shelton’s five cornerstones of values-based leadership—honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity and social responsibility—are the foundations of the camp. The core curriculum focuses on Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics, Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership, Leadership Traits and Approaches, Teambuilding and Empowering Others, Social Responsibility, Public Speaking, and Goal Setting.

The First-Year Shelton Challenge seeks youth who are rising 9th through 12th graders with a 3.0 grade point average (unweighted) or higher. Students will get to experience residence hall living, eat meals at a campus dining hall, and use indoor and outdoor recreation facilities. Cost to attend the program is $700.00 for the week.

Camps are available at either NC State or UNC Charlotte. Click here for more information.

Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Student Trip To Japan

The Toyama Committee of Sister Cities of Durham Is pleased to announce A high school student delegation trip to Toyama, Japan Summer - 2019 Students will be serving as junior ambassadors During part of the visit, students will be staying with host families associated with the Toyama College of Foreign Languages Two adult chaperones will accompany the student delegation To receive further information and get an application contact: Toyama Committee member - Yuki Temma

Information is also posted on the VAHS Counseling "Opportunities" Bulletin Board.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Admission Rep Visit: UNCG April 17 at 2:15 in the Commons

Any students interested in leaning about programs of study at UNCG are invited to meet with an admissions representative on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:15 in the commons at VAHS. Students should see Ms. O'Kane for a pass to attend. 

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, also known as UNC Greensboro, is a public liberal arts and research university in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States and is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. UNCG understands that  prospective students are on the brink of a life-changing experience. Think about what that means for you. Think about the kind of experience you want to have.  Think about how you want to learn and who you want to be. UNCG’s engaged and supportive community inspires you to be a dreamer and a doer. You’ll learn how to not only answer the tough questions, but how to ask them. How to challenge yourself and the status quo.

Friday, March 23, 2018

Duke Splash

Just a friendly reminder that Duke Splash is March 31st!! 

Sign up for an immersive and fun learning experience at Duke! The fee is $5 per student. However, financial aid is available! Student registration for classes closes March 28th 
(3 days before Splash).

Free College Planning Seminar

"Door to Door" 
Navigating the Road
from High School To College!
(how can students get in?
how can parents afford it?)
Students and parents
(recommended for families
of rising 9th, 10th,
and 11th grade students)
Saturday, May 19th
2-4 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library
Chapel Hill

Email  for more

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Durham Tech/NC State Admissions Rep. Visit

NC State and Durham Tech Are Teaming Up

An NC State degree can be both accessible and affordable when combined with two years of community college. Students can complete their Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Engineering degrees at Durham Tech and know they are well prepared to succeed in their major at NC State.

Come learn about how Durham Tech and NC State work together to create a seamless transition for transfer students.  Learn also about the Goodnight Scholars Program, which offers a full NC State scholarship to 15 community college transfer students each year. Last year two Durham Tech graduates were awarded this scholarship and are currently studying in NC State’s College of Engineering.

Representatives from both NC State and Durham Tech will be on VAHS campus Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 in the commons. Parents are welcome to attend. Students should see Ms. O'Kane for a pass to attend this meeting.  

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Essay and Spoken Word Contest

 new scholarship contest awarding $24,000 to students  

Here is the overview:
  • Written Essays OR Spoken Word Submissions will be accepted 
  • Students will be asked to answer a prompt for either type of submission
  • Students must be a junior or senior in High School

Monday, March 19, 2018

3 Tasks to Help High School Juniors Boost College Success

Get insights from real students on how to use the Junior year wisely. 

For many students, junior year of high school is also the most difficult year. Students must prepare for their upcoming ACT or SAT test dates, evaluate potential colleges and function beneath an immense amount of pressure to achieve high grades to impress these colleges.
In addition to this academic stress, students must also begin asking themselves important questions about their ideal college experience in order to find schools that are a great fit. Much of this process is new and unfamiliar to students and there are some specific actions that juniors can take to navigate it successfully.

Duke Summer College For High School Students

At Duke Summer College, we believe that intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly.  It is for this reason that each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with a subject than ever before.  Whether you are interested in analyzing anything from Twitter to Kierkegaard or delving into quantum mechanics, we have a course for you.  See the list below to see just a few of the available Duke classes we are offering this summer:
  • Hard Truth of Evolution
  • Big Questions in Physics
  • Language and the Media
  • Existentialism
  • Adolescence
Applications close on April 16, so apply online today and take a powerful step towards pursuing your intellectual passion.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship

2018 Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship ProgramThe Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program is an effort to help local students with the costs of higher education. Again this year, Couch Oil is teaming up with the Durham Bulls to award scholarships to six deserving individuals. The $1,000 scholarship is available to students who have been accepted into either a four-year or community college and reside in a 16-county area surrounding the Triangle.
Download the 2018 Couch Oil Cares application here (or receive a hard copy form Ms. O'Kane) and submit by June 30, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the August 9, 2018 Durham Bulls game.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a resident of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake or Wilsoncounty
Must have been accepted to and registered as a 1st year college student for the 2018-19 school year (four-year or community college)
Must be no more than 25 years old at the time of the scholarship presentation.
For more information, send email to