School Counseling Department

  • Phone Number: (865) 457-2611               Fax Number: (865) 463-1134

  • Announcements

    • Mrs. Merryman, GEAR up coordinator, can help seniors with college needs, FAFSA filing and verification, and college visits.  Contact her at 963-8467 or email
    • Mrs. Merryman is also working closely with the 9th graders of CHS.  9th graders can go on college visits if they have passing grades and no discipline or attendance issues.
    • All seniors need to fill out the FAFSA! See Mrs. Merryman if you need assistance. 
    • All TN Promise seniors need to get 8 hours of community service. Record hours at Any senior that missed the meeting can get their TN Promise book from their counselor.
    • ACT prep help is available!  See Mrs. Karen Campbell to sign up for tutoring. See Mrs. Jenkins if you qualify for a fee waiver. 
    • There will be a practice ACT on Nov. 16. See Mrs. Karen Campbell if interested in taking the practice ACT. 
    • The ASVAB will be given on  Nov. 21. Seniors can sign up in the counseling office.
    • SADD TN will be bringing a virtual reality simulator on Nov. 19 during the lunch hours.  It shows students what impaired driving looks like. 

  • Scholarships 2018-2019

    Several national scholarships are available....create an account at FastWeb  (a free national scholarship search) or School Soup, Scholarships, or College for TN or Going Merry

    Student athletes who may be recruited to play at Division I or Division II colleges must apply online: Eligibility Center or NCAA or NAIA.

    Seniors should check the scholarship websites of all colleges and universities for which you've applied.   


    TN Concrete Association scholarship (Deadline: Jan. 24, 2020) $250 scholarship. Students (age 16-18) write a 600 word essay about the role concrete plays in the building industry. For more information go to or see Ms. Tuskan for information and application.

    SunTrust Off to College scholarship  Students can apply now until May for a chance to win $500 scholarships.  Enter at

    Discover Student Loans scholarship. They give $10,000 in scholarships.  Click here to apply.

    Cirkled in "No Sweat"  Scholarship (Deadline: Dec. 31, 2019) Chance to win $2500. Click here to apply.

    American Legion Oratorical Contest (Deadline: Jan. 10, 2020) Can win $1000-$3000. National winners can get $18,000. Requires an essay and speech about the U.S. Constitution. Click here to apply. Click on the "American Legion Oratorical" tab. 

    College Covered Scholarship (Deadline: Jan. 31, 2020) Click here for a chance to win a $5000 scholarship. 

    Sallie Mae scholarship. Register on this website for a chance to win a $5000 Click here

    East TN Foundation Scholarships. Go to (Deadline February 15)

    • B&W Y-12 Scholarship: For students planning to study science (not health care) at Roane State, Pellissippi State, Walters State, Maryville College, TN Tech Univ. or the Univ. of TN $1400
    • Butterfly Fund Memorial Scholarship: For students who want to study pediatric oncology $1000-$2000 
    • Harold W. Canfield Memorial Scholarship: For students who participated in the Knoxville Track Club  $1000
    • Cherish the Child Legacy Scholarship: For students who are or who were in foster care or received services from the Smoky Mtn. Children's Home. $1800-$3500
    • Steven L. Coffey Memorial Scholarship: For seniors planning to attend a TCAT or students currently at Roane State or Pellissippi State. $1500-2500 for 4 years
    • Steven L. Coffey Middle College Scholarship (beginning March 15 and deadline May 15) $2500 for 2 years in the Middle College program
    • James K. Goldston INFOSEC Scholarship: For students planning to study computer science, computer engineering, cyber science, information security or are currently in an INFOSEC program in college. $1200
    • Mary C. and Joe A. Hollingsworth Scholarship: ONLY FOR CHS STUDENTS!! For students going to a 4 year college/university $1200 x 4 years
    • Barbara G. Kirkpatrick Memorial Scholarship: For students with children who plan to attend ETSU. $2000
    • Knoxville Business Association Scholarship: For students planning to pursue a business-related degree from UTK. $1500 1st yr.; $2000 2nd yr.; $2500 3rd yr.; $3000 4th yr.
    • Lawrence Strader Boy Scouts of America Scholarship: For seniors who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America, Great Smoky Mtn. Council, with a minimum of 3 years in scouts. $3000
    • Valkyrie-Thor Scholarship in Theatre Arts Fund: For students planning to study theater at Pellissippi State, Roane State, UTK or Maryville College $1000
    • Debbie Van Cleave Scholarship: To benefit legally blind (20/200 or less in better eye after correction) students pursuing higher education.  $1000
    • Haley Van Pelt Scholarship: To benefit students who have a permanently intellectual or developmental disability and/or functional impairement $1000


  • ACT

    Sign up at


    Test Date

    Registration Deadline

    (Late Fee Required)

    September 14, 2019

    August 16, 2019

    August 17-30, 2019

    October 26, 2019

    September 20, 2019

    September 21-October 4, 2019

    December 14, 2019

    November 8, 2019

    November 9-22, 2019

    February 8, 2020

    January 10, 2020

    January 11-17, 2020

    April 4, 2020

    February 28, 2020

    February 29-March 13, 2020

    June 13, 2020

    May 8, 2020

    May 9-22, 2020

    July 18, 2020

    June 19, 2020

    June 20-26, 2020


    ACT Cost: $52.00

    ACT plus Writing cost: $68

    ACT late fee: add $30

    See Mrs. Jenkins to see if you are eligible for an ACT fee waiver

    NOTE: If you meet the ACT Benchmarks below, you will graduate with honors and be in the "Elite 100." 

    English: 18

    Math: 22

    Reading: 22

    Science: 23

    You will also be considered a TN Ready Graduate if you score a 21 or higher!

  • College Events

    Check college websites for special visit days.  

  • Drivers Permit Form Information

    Sign-ups and Pick-ups: Students (not parents) are required to sign up for a Drivers Permit or Drivers Reinstatement Form.  Students can sign up before school, in between classes, during lunch and after school.  Students can return in 2 days to pick up the form during the same allotted times.  The permit form expires in 30 days.   

    Eligibility: Students must be passing 3 out of 4 of their classes on the last nine week grading period and on their Semester 2 and Semester 4 report cards. Students must also have no more than 10 consecutive unexcused absences or 15 total unexcused absences in a single semester.

  • Formula for Determining Valedictorian and Salutatorian

    This is to inform you of  a revision to the class ranking policy #4.602 made by the Anderson County School Board on May 12, 2011.

    For the class of 2012 and beyond, the formula for determining the class rank of our top students with cumulative unweighted GPAs of 3.8-4.0 at the end of the 7th semester  will be calculated as follows: 

    GPA=9 x 35% + strength of schedule points x 35% + highest ACT composite score x 30%.
    NOTE: This ranking policy will only be in place for two more years.