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A Voice and Source of Information for the Seniors of Jack Yates HS Many of the students in the Class of 2014 have raised concerns about the different activities that are set up at Jack Yates High School for the seniors. This newsletter was created solely for the seniors by the

seniors. In this inaugural issue, insight to what’s going on and a basic rundown of everything you should know during your senior year will be provided. Let this publication be your voice.


Opinions: Let’s Talk About It Scholarships are a big help in your life. Many people don’t think that scholarships will help you, but scholarships help keep money you’re your pocket when you go off to college. It’s about that time to start looking and applying for scholarships.

As a senior, your senior year of high school should be something to look forward to. As of now, I believe our 12 years of schooling has gone down the drain. Senior year, so far, seems irregular. This is not what I expected my senior year to be like.

JC Washington

Bria Pratts

INSIDE THIS ISSUE 2 Important Dates to Remember – There are dates that all seniors and their parents should be aware of and should include these dates and deadlines on their personal calendars. 2 Financial Aid Information – It’s almost that time of year to apply for financial aid if you are planning to enroll in a college or university in 2014.

Hopefully the senior trip is fun because this senior year has been very unsuccessful. I do not know what is going on with the senior class, but we need a serious revamping. Our senior trip to Florida is the only thing that I have to look forward to so far. Nailah Scott


Bria Pratts

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Dates to Remember Tues., Jan. 7, 2014 Senior Trip Payment Due Fri., Jan. 10, 2014 Report Cards Issued and Herff Jones Presentation Wed., Jan. 15, 2014 Deadline for news and information for What’s Next senior newsletter Send information to Bria Pratts, Senior Dues Payment Thurs., Jan 16, 2014 Herff Jones Order Submission Fri., Jan., 17, 2014 Senior Fundraiser-Talent Show Mon., Jan. 20, 2014 Issue of What’s Next comes out Fri., Jan. 31, 2014 1st deposit due of $30 for 2013-2014 Yearbook There will be limited copies only for students who pre-purchase the yearbook. The total cost is $60. Mon., Mar. 17 - Fri., Mar. 21, 2014 Spring Break Sun., Mar. 16 – Fri., Mar. 21, 2014 Senior Trip Orlando, Florida

Get ready to apply for financial aid By The Financial Aid Specialist Don’t get caught slipping on applying for financial aid. Encourage your parent(s) to complete income tax forms early. If your parents have not completed tax forms, you can provide estimated information on your federal student aid application, but please remember to make any necessary changes late. As soon as possible, after Jan. 1, complete and submit your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), along with any other financial aid applications your schools of choice may require. Your can complete the FAFSA online or on paper, but completing the application online is faster and easier. You should submit your FAFSA by the earliest financial aid deadline of the schools to which you are applying, usually by early February. The earlier you apply, the better. After you submit the FAFSA, you should receive your Student

AID Report (SAR) within three days to three weeks. Be sure to include a good e-mail address and one that you check often because feedback will be sent to your e-mail address. Quickly make any necessary corrections and submit them to the FAFSA processor. Types of Federal Financial Aid If you plan to receive any type of federal financial aid, you must complete the FAFSA. There are three types of federal student aid: grants, loans, and work-study. Grants - financial aid that does not have to be repaid, unless, for example, you withdraw from school and owe a refund. Loans - borrowed money for college or career school; you must repay your loans, with interest. Work-Study - a work program through which you earn money to help you pay for school.

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