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Edmonds-Woodway counselor receives national recognition


February 26, 2019

Shana Lipscomb

Shana Lipscomb, college and career specialist at Edmonds-Woodway High School, is one of only 20 counselors nationwide to be included in the “20 School Counselors Who Make a Difference” list published by The Princeton Review.

The Princeton Review is a company that sells a variety of services but is probably best known for test preparation.

Here’s what she told Princeton Review:

“I love that at EWHS we work hard to celebrate the opportunities and accomplishments of our students. We celebrate our 9th and 10th graders with a College Bound Scholarship (CBS) Re-Pledge event each winter.

“At that event, we remind CBS students about their potential to earn full-tuition scholarships if they graduate on time with a solid GPA, and we encourage them to create an academic or career-focused goal for themselves, which they place in a time capsule.

“In May of each year, we hold a senior Signing Day Celebration, in which we celebrate the decisions our seniors have made about their post–high school plans, whether to a four- or two-year college, an apprenticeship, or the military.

“At this celebration, we open up the time capsule, and students take photos in our Signing Day photo booth wearing college gear from their future colleges. They can later look back and see that all their hard work was worth it.”

How she and her colleagues advocate for students: “Our school was recently recognized with the Washington Student Achievement Council Plus 5 Push Award. We increased our Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and Washington Application for State Financial Aid (WASFA) filing rate by more than five percent in one year.

“We are on track to increase that rate by an additional 5 percent this year. Making sure our seniors are prepared financially for college is an important part of preparing them for life.”

Her advice for students: “The college application and admissions process can be overwhelming. Take it one step at a time, and don't be afraid to ask for help.”


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