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My name is Nicki Bowers.  I am the school counselor for grades 11 & 12.  This is my 13th year at North Star and 19th year in education.  As the school counselor, I meet with students to discuss academic, social, emotional, and post-secondary plans. 
I will be using my webpage to post college, career, military, employment, and any other pertinent information to the juniors and seniors.  One just needs to select the class for seniors or juniors to see the posts.  Parents and students are encouraged to subscribe to the appropriate class to receive alerts when new information is posted.  You will not receive the most up-to-date information if you select the subscribe button under my picture. Again, open up the class that you need and select the subscribe button on that page.


2020 Nursing Scholarship Eligibility and Application

On behalf of Audrey Hay, Emily Stutzman-Shaulis and Cassidy Terry, co-chairs of the Friends Of UPMC Somerset Nursing Scholarship Committee, I am pleased to announce that the Friends of UPMC Somerset (formerly the Somerset Hospital Auxiliary) are accepting applications for its annual Nursing Scholarship Program. The $1,000 scholarships are available to Somerset County residents pursuing a career as a Registered Nurse at an accredited school of nursing. 

Attached is an application and instructions for the applicants.  Additional copies of these forms may be made as needed.  Please share this information with the students at your school that may be interested.  There is no limit to the number of applications from school districts located in the geographic area served by UPMC Somerset.  Should you have any questions, feel free to call Emily Stutzman-Shaulis at 814-443-5071.  The application deadline is June 15, 2020.

Thank you for your anticipated assistance.

Sarah Deist
Director of Corporate Communications
UPMC Somerset
225 South Center Avenue
Somerset, PA 15501

T  814-443-5735
F  814-443-4937

Cal U Virtual Open House Thursday, May 7th

We are bringing Cal U to your Students! That's right, students can join us for a Virtual Open House in their own home!

Our Event will be Tomorrow --- Thursday, May 7th from 6pm to 8pm.

During the virtual experience, students will

  • meet and personally talk with Cal U administration, staff, and students.
  • discover our majors and various opportunities to Build You!
  • learn more about admissions, financial aid, student life, and more.
  • explore our campus services, and amenities.
  • ask questions and get answers to what they need to know.

Beginning the college search? This is an awesome way to hear all about Cal U!

Already accepted? Great, this is the perfect time for students to learn more as they take the next steps toward becoming an official Vulcan!

Looking to transfer to Cal U? We have a chat room just for transfer students to find out what they need to do!

Let your students know to mark their calendar and find a comfy spot at home as our Cal U Community will welcome them at 6pm on May 7th!

Please go this link to register:


The Admissions Office

California University of Pennsylvania
250 University Ave.
California, PA 15419-1394
phone: 724-938-4404 |

Challenge Program INFO - Seniors - Time Sensitive

Any senior who wants to be considered for the Challenge Program Volunteer Service drawing for $200 needs to send an email to Mrs. Bowers by Tuesday morning, May 5th at 10:00.  The email needs to list the volunteer date(s), location, and hours.

PA Army National Guard

I am sharing this from our PA Army National Guard Recruiter,

Staff Sergeant Chad Gageby. His contact information is below.

~Mrs. Bowers     


I hope you and your family are all well during this time! I wanted to let you know that while traditional school is no longer is session, the Pennsylvania Army National Guard is still prepared to work with our Juniors and Seniors to assist them in solidifying their future plans and help them to reach their goals.

        Since I cannot meet with any of your students in school, I am personally reaching out to you to see if you are aware of any students who, before the pandemic closed the schools, may have been interested or could benefit from what the National Guard has to offer? Such as paid job training, part time local employment, signing bonuses of up to $20,000 for select jobs or fantastic education benefits to assist in their college planning?

        Army National Guard Career Counselors are still working (although in a non-traditional sense) to interview potential Applicants and to process them for enlistment if they qualify. Of course, we are following all federal and state guidelines and practicing social-distancing for protection of ourselves and our Applicants. Personally, I am working from home, but when I have someone interested in serving I will still interview them in their home, my office or even over FaceTime or Skype; whichever makes the most and safest sense for the individual and their family.

        Right now, the Army National Guard is supporting the mission of COVID-19, and we are proud to say that we do support our local communities, the State of PA and ultimately the Nation in this fight! We are mission ready and always looking to add to our ranks. For more information, please feel free to visit our website:

Please feel free to share my contact information with your students and their families.

I hope you continue to stay safe and I look forward to hearing from you!

SSG Chad Gageby
PA Army National Guard
Recruiting & Retention NCO
Friedens, PA
(Cell) 814-617-0064
(Landline) 814-445-7886 

Doyle Paul & JL Martin Scholarship Applications

I wanted to let you know that the Doyle Paul Memorial Scholarship's deadline has been extended to April 30th. Please notify students of this change. The online application can be found at:

I also wanted to let you know that the JL Martin Scholarship deadline has been extended to May 1st. If you have any questions or concerns please let me know! 


Marisa Lehman • Donor Services Associate
Community Foundation for the Alleghenies
Benefiting our region every day, forever.

216 Franklin Street, Suite 400, Johnstown, PA  15901
814-225-1266  •

ACM Scholarship

Any senior who is applying to Allegany College of Maryland (ACM) for the fall of 2020 and has a cumulative grade point average of a 3.0 or higher should contact me for $1000 scholarship information. 
~Mrs. Bowers

College Board SAT Testing Update

If you were planning to take future SATs or took the March administration please read all of the information below.

~Mrs. Bowers

March and May SAT Administrations

In response to the rapidly evolving situation around the coronavirus (COVID-19), College Board is canceling the May 2, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration. Makeup exams for the March 14 administration (scheduled for March 28) are also canceled.

Students who already registered for May, whose March test centers were closed, or who do not receive March scores because of any irregularities will receive refunds.

In the coming days, College Board will share additional information and details directly with registered students and test centers.

Future Testing Opportunities

College Board will provide future additional SAT testing opportunities for students as soon as possible in place of canceled administrations. We’ll be as flexible as possible to give students the best chance to show their skills and stay on the path to college.

We have not yet canceled the June 6, 2020 SAT and SAT Subject Test administration and will continue to assess its status, with the health and safety of students and educators as our top priority. We are also exploring the possibility of adding an international SAT administration later this school year.

The March 25 SAT School Day administration is postponed. College Board is working with local partners, and we’ll soon share further information about weekday school-based SAT, PSAT 10, and PSAT 8/9 administrations scheduled for this spring.

Resources and Support

To help students keep their college readiness skills sharp when many schools are closed, College Board and Khan Academy will continue to provide free resources online, including full-length practice tests and personalized learning tools.

Together with our member schools and colleges, we will be flexible, thoughtful, and collaborative in exploring ways to continue to support student learning and provide opportunities to test during this challenging time.

Our focus will remain on student safety and during this challenging time, we’re ensuring students have the tools they need and opportunities to receive the credit they’ve earned.

Please check this page regularly for updates.

If you have questions or concerns about your scheduled testing with College Board programs, please contact us as soon as possible. Given the high volume of inquiries, wait times may be longer than normal.


From Mrs. Bowers

~ North Star High School WAS approved to provide testing in JUNE providing it does not get cancelled. 

ACT Testing Update

This is taken directly from the ACT website:

The safety of students and test center staff is ACT’s top priority. ACT has rescheduled its April 4 national test date to June 13 across the U.S. in response to concerns about the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). All students registered for the April 4 test date will receive an email from ACT in the next few days informing them of the postponement and instructions for free rescheduling to June 13 or a future national test date. Learn more.


Emily Lee Scholarship Award - Health Care Major

Passing along information about a scholarship:

Lee Initiatives, Inc. will sponsor awards to be given annually to graduating high school seniors accepted full-time into a post secondary school with a declared health care major and also those individuals who are currently enrolled in a post secondary institution with a declared health care major. Applicants must live in Cambria, Somerset, Blair, or Bedford counties. The selection of scholarship recipients will be determined solely by the Emily Lee Scholarship Award Committee.

SELECTION CRITERIA: 1. Level of financial need considered. 2. Acceptance in a full time health related program at an accredited undergraduate college or university required. OR Enrolled in an accredited undergraduate college or university with a health related major.

Julie A. Fontana, Higher Education Access Partner
PHEAA - Pennsylvania School Services

PA Turnpike Summer Jobs


Passing along summer job opportunities for your seniors:



The Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is now accepting applications for its summer employment program. Available positions include toll collector, maintenance, clerical, engineering and information technology.

All eligible applicants must be at least 18 years of age and completed a secondary education program such as high school or GED at the time of hiring. Applicants will also be subject to a Pennsylvania criminal background check screening.

Toll collectors must be available to work any of the three shifts over a 24-hour period, including weekends and holidays on the basis of a 40-hour week. The pay is $12 per hour for toll collectors, maintenance and clerk positions. It is $14.50 per hour for engineering and information technology positions.

The summer employment program runs between May 1 and Sept. 30. Those who participated in the program previously must re-submit an application for consideration.

All applications MUST be submitted online at, applicants should select “SUMMER WORK” in the first step of the registration process. Copies of online applications should be sent to my Harrisburg office by Friday, April 10.