Counseling Office News – December 15, 2017


Sophomores Madi Fennell and Matthew Kirven will represent Cathedral Catholic High School at the 2018 HOBY State Leadership Seminar. Michaela Marquand has been selected as our school’s alternate representative. They will attend the three-day event at Chapman College in June 2018 and participate in interactive leadership training, meet state leaders and learn skills to become impactful youth leaders. Congratulations Madi, Matthew and Michaela!

The College Board will release the October 2017 PSAT scores to students during the week of December 11th. Students who provided their email address on their answer sheet will receive an email with directions about how to access their scores. Students who took the PSAT 8/9 can create an online account to view their scores. A free account can be set up through the College Board website at any time. The Counseling Office will distribute paper score reports and the PSAT booklets to students at the beginning of January.

SUMMER INTERNSHIP: The Marine Technology Society – San Diego (MTS-SD) is able to offer as many as 15 San Diego County high school students an internship opportunity (with stipend) during the summer of 2018. Most of  the of the work in which interns will participate is not biology-related, but involves marine engineering. Students who have a strong interest in engineering and engineering careers would be the most suitable applicants. Students interested in participating in the student summer internship program are encouraged to go to MTS-SD’s website at and complete the application. The deadline to apply is JANUARY 15, 2018.

Students looking for pre-college summer academic programs will find an extensive list in their Naviance account. In Family Connection, click on the “Colleges” tab at the top of the home page and then select “enrichment programs” in the College Research box. Please note: The list of programs is in the process of being updated for summer 2018, however, the links found in the program details will take you to current information at the websites.

The Distinguished Young Women (DYW) is a national organization and has conducted programs at the local, state, and national levels since 1957. The San Diego County arm of the program values education by providing scholarship opportunities to outstanding college-bound 11th grade girls and works to encourage personal development in all young people through the “Be Your Best Self” outreach program. Each year, The Distinguished Young Women of San Diego County (DYWSDC) selects up to five participants to join recipients from other local programs at the California State Finals each July to compete for $45,000 in college scholarship awards. The young women participate in a public competition program that showcases their achievements within five judged categories. Cathedral Catholic High School can nominate five (5) or more outstanding junior girls on track to graduate with the Class of 2019. If you are interested in this opportunity, please see your counselor before the nomination deadline of January 20, 2018. For details about the program, please visit

National Portfolio Day will be held at the San Diego Westin Hotel on Saturday, January 13th from 12:00 p.m. to 4p.m. This event is specifically for visual artists and designers who want to pursue an education in the visual and related arts to meet with representatives from colleges accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.  Representatives will be available to review student artwork, discuss their programs and answer questions about professional careers in art.  High school students and parents are encouraged to attend. The fair is free and open to the public. No registration is required. For additional information, please visit their website at


Catalyst’s ACT & SAT Bootcamps at Cathedral Catholic are coming up! These momentum-building weekend seminars give students the insight and confidence they need on the day of the test. Students will also leave with Catalyst’s self-study materials for sustained practice right up until the test.  Tuition for each Bootcamp is just $175. To enroll, visit and click on the Bootcamp Sign-Up tab on the website’s menu bar or call us at  800.235.0056.

ACT Bootcamp  – Saturday, January 27th from 9am-1pm and Saturday, February 3rd from 9am-1pm

SAT Bootcamp – Saturday, February 24th from 9am-1pm and Saturday, March 3rd from 9am-1pm


A “Coffee with Counselors” for parents of sophomores will be held on Thursday, January 25th at 8:30 AM in the Lecture Hall. Light refreshments will be served. No RSVP is necessary.

The Counseling Office will hold presentations with sophomores on Wednesday, January 31st and Thursday, February 1st in the Lecture Hall to discuss course registration for junior year. After these group meeting are finished, counselors will meet with their students individually to register for next year’s courses. More information will be provided as the dates near.


The Counseling Office will hold presentations with juniors to discuss course registration for senior year and the college admissions process. After these group meetings are finished, counselors will meet their students individually for course registration and college admissions meetings. The presentation dates are Tuesday, January 16th and Wednesday, January 17th and will be held in the Lecture Hall. More information will be provided as the dates near.

The Junior Parent College Information Meeting will take place in the Theater on Thursday, January 18th at 6:30 PM. A thorough discussion on college admissions will be presented.  No RSVP is necessary.


The San Diego Foundation (TSDF) oversees 100+ scholarships through its Community Scholarship Program. This program benefits local graduating high school students seeking ways to fund their higher education goals. Students need only complete one application (Common Application) to be considered for the many scholarship opportunities offered. In addition, TSDF manages other scholarships for students, each with their own applications and eligibility criteria.

The 2018-2019 Common Scholarship Application opened on Friday, December 1st. Learn more by visiting the San Diego Foundations Scholarships website.

The ACT Student Champion Award recognizes one student in each state who is tenacious and persistent, now matter the challenge, and is prepared for life after high school with a goal in mind and plan in place. ACT Student Champions receive a $500 scholarship, certificate, plaque and state-level recognition. The criteria to apply are:

  • Student has taken the ACT.
  • Student has overcome challenges and can articulate education and career actions.
  • Student has a composite ACT score of a 22 on a single test date or a 3.0 or greater on a 4.0 scale.
  • Preference is given to underrepresented and/or first-generation college students.

Applications can be found at ACT College and Career Readiness Champions. Deadline to apply is December 31, 2017. All questions should be directed to

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