Student Services

Vermillion High School Student Services Department

The VHS Counseling Office will use the Remind App to send out important reminders to VHS students and parents this year.

  • To receive messages via text, text @vhscounse to 81010.  
  • Or click on the following link:
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  • Please follow us on Twitter: VHS Student Services@ counselor Baedke

Method Test Prep – Free online ACT Prep Program

You’ve signed up for the ACT.   A solid score can mean qualifying for the reduced tuition dual credit program, scholarships, and being accepted at your top choice school.  Instead of spending the time before the test searching for four-leaf clovers and other lucky charms, how about spending a little time on Method Test Prep?

Method Test Prep is a FREE online ACT Prep program available to all VHS students through their SD MyLife portal.   Students can access the self-paced program anywhere they have an internet connection.  Mrs. Larsen provided a short demo of the program to students and parents of the “What?” “Where?” and “How?” of Method Test Prep during Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Links to the presentation and to the Method Test Prep Student User Guide (for iPad) are located below:

MTP Student User Guide

Federal Student Aid (FSA):

ATTENTION SENIORS:  – New FSA ID:  In May, the Department of Education implemented a new FSA ID to replace the FSA PIN as the login process for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).  Seniors and their parents need to create a FSA ID and are encouraged to do it now.  It’s also important that students and parents create their own FSA ID as they will need them to sign and complete the FAFSA each year the student plans to apply for financial aid.  The following PDF walks through the steps for creating the new FSA ID needed to log into the FAFSA website. Creating FSA ID

FAFSA: Students attending college in 2018-2019 will be able to file a FAFSA as early as Oct. 1, 2019, rather than beginning on January 1, 2020. For more information:

Rotary Youth Leadership Awards Camp (RYLA):

A leadership program that promotes and encourages campers who want to become better leaders. July 15-19, 2020 at Nebraska 4H Campgrounds near Halsey, NE. For current Sophomores and Juniors.  Deadline: April 15, 2020. Sections are made by the local sponsoring Rotary Club.

Apply at:

For more information contact:


Vermillion High School’s Graduation Requirements are designed to balance the rigor required for success in post-secondary pursuits with the flexibility of choice in courses that are aligned with a student’s career interests.  Toward that end, all students in the state of South Dakota are required to complete a plan for their high school career – or a “Personal Learning Plan” as a part of their graduation requirements.  This plan is a work in progress as students progress throughout their high school career.  VHS students create & update their Personal Learning Plan (PLP) through their SDMylife portfolio.  A hard copy of the graduation requirements and PLP may be accessed through the link below.
The following Course Information and Career Planning Guide helps students understand the course options available in each discipline at VHS.
I noticed in the graduation information something called “CTE” — What is CTE anyway? 
Career and Technical Education (CTE) prepares students for a wide range of careers and further educational opportunities. These careers may require varying levels of education—including industry-recognized credentials, postsecondary certificates, and two- and four-year degrees.  Within CTE, occupations and career specialties are grouped into “Career Clusters.”  Each of the 16 clusters is based on a set of common knowledge and skills that prepare learners for a full range of opportunities.  CTE equips students with: 
  • core academic skills and the ability to apply those skills to concrete situations in order to function in the workplace and in routine daily activities
  • em­ployability skills (such as critical thinking and responsibility) that are essential in any career area
  • job-specific, technical skills related to a specific career pathway
Vermillion High School currently has approved CTE programs in the Career Clusters of: 
  • Architecture & Construction
  • Arts/AV
  • Business Management & Administration
  • Information Technology
  • Human Services
  • Transportation, Distribution & Logistics

VHS courses that fulfill the CTE option for graduation are noted in the course descriptions of the Course Information Guidebook.

Junior Information

Sophomore Information

Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership (HOBY) Seminar is the nation’s only program designed exclusively for high school sophomores.

HOBY’s purpose is to bring together a select group of high school sophomores who have demonstrated leadership ability so that they can interact with groups of distinguished leaders in business, government, education, and the professions to discuss present and future issues. These interactions occur during summer seminars which are three to four day weekend events. To learn more about HOBY, visit:

Senior Scholarships




Legends for Kids Scholarship Application:

Legends Scholarship Application 2019-2020

Gavins Point National Fish Hatchery Scholarship $1000:

Planning a career in wildlife management, conservation or other closely related field? This scholarship is for you! Details in the Student Services Office. Deadline: April 1, 2020

Junior Achievement of South Dakota $500 Leo Crawford Scholarship:

Clay County Youth Trust Fund, INC. Centennial Scholarship $200:

The applicant must have been a resident of Clay County at the time of graduation from high school. Must be enrolled or planning to enroll in a private or public college or vocational school. Preference will be given to those attending institutions in South Dakota unless the applicant’s designated study program is not available in the state. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: March 1, 2020

Jack and Arlene Devany Scholarship-Sponsored by: Clay Rural Water System:

Clay RWS will award three $500 scholarships to students who are member or the children members of Clay RWS. The scholarships are for high school seniors and may be used to enroll full time in an accredited college, university or vocational/technical school. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: March 2, 2020

Donald H. Quimby Memorial Scholarship:

This scholarship provides a one-time $350 award to a high school senior attending a post-secondary institution. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Curtis Marvin Hohn Scholarship: 

Seniors attending a public or private college, university, or technical school in South Dakota.  Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: March 10, 2020

Clay County Republican Party Scholarship:

Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

First District Development Company (FDDC ) Scholarship:

First District Development Company, South Dakota’s small business finance partner, is pleased to offer five-$1000 scholarships to students pursuing a post-secondary degree in business/finance related field. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office. Deadline: March 31, 2020.

Credit Union Foundation of the Dakotas Scholarship:

Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office along with a full list of eligibility requirements. Deadline: March 31, 2020.

MASABA $500 Scholarship:

Senior who seeks further college-level (technical, trade or vocational) education in welding technology, drafting, hydraulic, machinist or electrical fields. Applications can be picked up in the Student Services Office.  Deadline: April 10, 2020.

Clay-Union Foundation, Inc. Community Service/Scholarship:

Any seniors attending vocational-tech school, community college or a 4 year university. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: March 13, 2020.

Inez Taylor Walter Scholarship:

Senior planning on attending a South Dakota or North Dakota college or university in the field of nursing. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 1, 2020.

Dr. Dale A. Gibson Oral Health Scholarship:

Pursuing a Dental Assisting degree attending Lake Area Technical Institute. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

Yankton Medical Clinic Scholarship: 

Senior must be pursuing a major in a medical field. Application is in Student Services. Deadline: March 27, 2020

Fore the Cure Scholarship:

This scholarship is available to provide financial assistance to graduating high school seniors impacted by cancer.

Deadline: March 16, 2020

Vermillion Rotary Club Scholarship:

Deadline: April 6, 2020

Morningside College:

The Nylen School of Nursing at Morningside College will award a $1000 Nursing Scholarship to an incoming nursing student. Students interested in pursuing a bachelor of science in nursing degree at Morningside starting August of 2020 are eligible to apply.  Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 15, 2020.

South Dakota Grand Commandery Knights Templar:

The Masons of South Dakota who are members of the Knights Templar Masonic organization are pleased to again offer their scholarship for students in your school district who are considering post high school education at one of the four South Dakota Technical schools. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 15, 2020

P.A.Y. (Promoting Agricultural Youth) Scholarship: 

This scholarship is made available through the Yankton Area Chamber of Commerce and the Chamber Agri-Business Committee.  Funds for this scholarship are raised during the Chamber Ag Producer BBQ.  Scholarship winners will be recognized as a recipient during the event.

  • This is a $3,000 scholarship – $1,500 second semester of Freshman year, $1,500 second semester Sophomore year
  • Applicants must be going into an Ag-related field of study (see application for approved courses of study)
  • This scholarship is available for 2-year or 4-year programs

Please review the application for further requirements.  Please share with students who you feel would be a good applicant for this award.  Applications must be postmarked by March 31, 2020 to be considered for the scholarship.

First Dakota National Bank is happy to provide scholarship opportunities to the students in our communities, and we ask for your help in sharing the news with them.

First Dakota Scholarship:

First Dakota National Bank understands the importance of higher education. We support our communities and the youth within them. In order to encourage students to pursue furthering their education, First Dakota is proud to offer scholarships ranging from $1,000 – $5,000 up to a total of $25,000 for the 2020-2021 school year. Please follow eligibility requirements below and turn in your application soon!

• Student must be a U.S. citizen/permanent resident.

• Student must be a high school senior or currently attending a post-secondary accredited American college, vocational technical school, or university.

• Student must plan to attend an accredited post-high school college, university, vocational technical school, community college or junior college on a full-time basis.

• Student must provide confirmation of enrollment. Payment of the scholarship will be made directly to the school. • Previous scholarship winners are not eligible.

• At the time of application, student must have a First Dakota checking account and demonstrate satisfactory account maintenance.

• If you would like to apply for the First Dakota student scholarship and do not currently have an account, stop by any First Dakota location and open one today. You will enjoy the benefits!

Here is the link to the web application that students can fill out on-line or students can pick up an application in Student Services. Deadline: March 10, 2020.

CorTrust Bank: 

CorTrust Bank along with South Dakota Bankers Association are honored to offer our Scholarship Program to high school seniors who will be attending a post-secondary school in South Dakota! This year we will be awarding fourteen (14) scholarships throughout our South Dakota footprint. Below are details about our program as well as a link to the online application.

Scholarship Requirements. Applicant must:

  1. Be a graduating high school senior in the year in which the scholarship is awarded
  2. Attend high school or live in the community of a CorTrust Bank location
  3. Be attending a South Dakota college, technical or post-secondary school as a full-time student
  4. Submit a completed online form
  5. Applicants do not need to be a customer of CorTrust Bank to be considered
  6. CorTrust employees and family members are not eligible to apply

Online applications will be accepted January 30 through March 15, 2020.

Vermillion Lions Club Scholarship:

Applications in Student Services. Deadline: April 1, 2020

Vermillion American Legion Post No. 1 Scholarship: 

Applications in Student Services . Deadline: March 20, 2020

Grand Lodge Ancient Free & Accepted Masons of South Dakota:

The Grand Lodge A. F. & A. M. of South Dakota will award several scholarships of $2,000 this year to South Dakota residents who plan to attend a public or private college, university or technical school. Preference will be given to students attending a school in South Dakota. Successful candidates will demonstrate financial need, scholastic capability, and have a family connection, either by blood or marriage, to a member of the Masonic fraternity, either living or deceased. Scholarships will be granted for one year, but may be applied for each year for a maximum of five years.

Please make all eligible students aware of these scholarships. Application need to be returned to by March 27, 2020 to: Grand Lodge Scholarship Committee, Grand Lodge A.F.& A.M. of South Dakota, 520 S. First Avenue, Sioux Falls, SD 57104-6902. Copies can be made of the attached Scholarship Applications. Additional applications can be found on our web site at

First National Bank Scholarship:

Applicants must have a checking account with First National Bank. Applications in Student Services. Deadline: March 19, 2020

Vermillion Public Schools Foundation Scholarships:

The Dennis Helseth Scholarship– $1000 Scholarship for a VHS Senior planning to attend a South Dakota University, College, or Technical School.

The Walter and Margaret Kaeberle Scholarship-$1000 Scholarship must be pursuing Health Sciences, Agriculture, or Religious Studies.

The Class of 1989 Scholarship- $500 Planning attending an accredited 4 0r 2 year University, College or Technical School.

Edith Siegrist Scholarship- Two $1000 Scholarships planning to attend ANY University, College or Technical School.

The Construction Trades Scholarship- $500 Regionally-Accredited College or Technical School supporting programs in the building trades.

DEADLINE: March 26, 2020
























College Admission Tests

Most colleges and universities require either the ACT or the SAT for college admission.  Check the website of the school(s) you are considering to determine which test to register for.  Both tests now utilize an online registration process.  Register for the ACT at Register for the SAT at  The ACT writing test and SAT sub tests require additional fees, and may be required by certain post secondary institutions.

Test preparation resources:


Registration information is available in the Student Services Office — must register online at  The ACT test is given at VHS.


Test Date:                             Reg. Deadline:                           Late Fee:

  • Sept. 14, 2019             Aug. 16, 2019                             Aug. 17-30, 2019
  • Oct. 26, 2019               Sept. 20, 2019                            Sept. 21-Oct. 4, 2019
  • Dec.  14, 2019             Nov. 8, 2019                                Nov. 9-22, 2019
  • Feb. 8, 2020                Jan. 10, 2020                              Jan. 11-17, 2020
  • April 4, 2020                Feb. 28, 2020                              Feb. 29-Mar. 13
  • June 13, 2020             May 8, 2020                                 May 9-22, 2020
  • July 18, 202               June 19, 2020                              June 20-26, 2020

Test Fees: ACT  $52.00  ACT WITH WRITING  $68.00            

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

Vermillion’s Test Center code is:  197-480.


SAT TEST Schedule – Registration  must register online at

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315


Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test (PSAT) is the National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test:

Sign up in the Student Services Office cost is $17.00 (cost subject to change)

Vermillion High School Test Date: October 16, 2019


Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB): 

The ASVAB is the most widely used multiple aptitude test battery in the world, developed and maintained by the Department of Defense. Students are provided with scores on eight individual academic tests and three Career Exploration Score composites: Verbal Skills, Math Skills, and Science and Technical Skills. The battery takes approximately three hours to complete and test results are returned to schools in about two weeks. For more information on the ASVAB test, go to the Today’s Military website.

Sign up in the Student Services Office

Vermillion High School Test Date:  November 6, 2019