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:
  • (You can opt out of text messages at anytime by replying, ‘unsubscribe @vhscounse’)


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:

ACT Prep Presentation            MTP Student User Guide for iPad

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, 2018, rather than beginning on January 1, 2019. For more information, please visit:


We are excited to announce that we have connected with a tutoring company to offer ACT Prep classes! This semesters class starts October 18, 2018 at 6:30 it runs for 7 weeks.  If this is an area of interest for your child let the counseling office know for future times.

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.

For further information about CTE visit  South Dakota CTE Clusters and Programs of Study

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:

Scholarships/Scholarship Sites 

Updated: December 10, 2018




A program developed by Wells Fargo to help you plan for college.  Enroll at any time and receive electronic postcards with helpful college-planning information.  In random drawings seniors can receive a $1,000 college tuition prize.



By logging into the discover colleges web site for free information about private colleges, you will be automatically entered into the $2,500 drawing.




These websites add more scholarships to weekly:


Harvard announced that from now on undergraduate students from low-income families will pay no tuition.  If your family earning is less than $60,000 a year and you are an honor student, you can go to Harvard for free-no tuition and no student loans.


Three scholarships to check out: STAR SCHOLARS, MTI LEGACY , and AG EDGE CREDIT; log on for more information.


$1,000 scholarships to students that have a Yankton College connection.

Sioux Falls Area Community Foundation:

  • 50 different scholarship;  Awards range from $250 to $5,000


  • Go to their Website,
  • create a profile and fill it in to earn money toward college!!
  • Great to start in 9th grade!!!!!!


$1000  scholarships to qualified students. Program guidelines and application forms are available at Deadline: Applications must be postmarked on or before February 8, 2019

Questions contact:

South Dakota State DAR Scholarship for Military Descendants:

The South Dakota State Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution offers a $500 scholarship to direct descendants of United States Military Veterans. Applications are in the counseling office.   Deadline: February 15, 2018.


There are four opportunities available for students.

  1. ANY high school senior who is a U.S. citizen may apply for the Most Valuable Student Scholarships. Applications must be submitted online at by November 15, 2018.
  2. For the children or grandchildren of dues-paying Elks, they can apply for the The Elks National Foundation Legacy Awards. The application must be submitted online by at by February 1, 2019.
  3. The South Dakota Elks Association Vocational Grant is for students who will be enrolled in a Post Secondary Vocational/Technical School program. The paper applications must be submitted to the Yankton Elks Lodge, 504 W 27th Street, by November 15, 2018. They must be received by the Lodge prior to the deadline, not postmarked.
  4. Emergency Educational Grants are also available to children of deceased or totally disabled Elks members. For more details on the Educational Grant program, please visit,

If you have questions, contact the local scholarship chairman, Steven Pietila, at 605-760-4916.

Applications are in the counseling office.

SDACDE Karst Scholarship:

The SDACDE is offering three $500 scholarships. The purpose of this scholarship is to encourage those students concerned with conserving their natural resources by furthering their education in an agricultural/conservation related field. The scholarship is available to graduating high school seniors who will be attending a 4-year college or a vocational school.

Applications can be picked up in the counseling office or online at  Deadline: March 31, 2019


High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 school year!
High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible, and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations.
Don’t miss your chance to become a BURGER KING Scholar. Apply today!
The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is open from Oct. 15, 2018 through Dec. 15, 2018.

South Dakota Engineering Society:

$2000 Engineering Scholarships for 2019 High School Graduates who will be attending South Dakota Engineering Schools in the Fall of 2019. Students who plan to attend South Dakota School of Mines and Technology or South Dakota State University may apply for the scholarship.Applications can be picked up in the Counseling Office.  Deadline: January 16, 2019

Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program:

This is a wonderful, fully supported experience for students interested in any career related to science, engineering, mathematics or technology.   We are eager to involve students from all over the state in this program so we are hoping you will help us cast a wider net and get more students applying for this fantastic learning and travel experience. If you would like additional information regarding the Davis-Bahcall Scholar Program, please visit:


Every year the WSC Art & Design Scholarships assist many incoming students. For more information go to: Deadline: December 1, 2018

B. Davis Scholarship:

The creators of the Student Award Search Aid website are offering a scholarship for 2019. Please visit our website at to read about us and to apply for our scholarship.  While you’re there, please browse through the rest of the site to learn more about applying for scholarships. The deadline for applications is May 24, 2019 Amount of Scholarship:  $1,000  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at

Resource Conservation Speech Contest: 

Resource Conservation Speech Contest for students 9-12.  Scholarship value for first place $1100.  Applications can be picked up in the counseling office. Deadline: March 30, 2019.

Local Junior Achievement of South Dakota $500 Leo Crawford Scholarship

Application Deadline: March 1st

o    Please note this application has been updated and the deadline has been moved to March 1st If you have printed applications from year’s past – please disregard and print new applications for your file.

·       Available for South Dakota seniors who have had Junior Achievement at some point in their K-12 education (including the high school JA Ethics program).

·         Application Posted:

 National Scholarship – KPMG Future Leaders Program

·         This is an application we were made aware of through JA USA

·         Application Deadline:  January 31st

If interested:

·         Applicant criteria includes:

o    High school female seniors planning to enroll in a 4-year undergraduate program for the upcoming fall semester

o    Proven track record of academic excellence and leadership potential

o    Minimum 3.5 cumulative GPA

o    Interest in a business or STEM academic track

o    Demonstrates a significant financial need

Direct any questions to (336-7318 or 800-871-7007).


Basin Electric scholarship- Members of Clay Union Electric: 

Each year the Basin Electric Power Cooperative Scholarship Program awards more than 180 scholarships in the amount of $1000 each. Five 25 scholarships are for children of BEPC or subsidiary employees will be designated for qualified applicants who plan to attend a certified Vocational or Technical school, and five of 25 will be designated for qualified applicants who plan to achieve an engineering degree. Twenty will go to children of member cooperative employees and 141 to member-cooperative consumers.

Clay-Union Electric will award one $1000 scholarship to a child of a member. The scholarship must be used for educational costs and the student must enter college in the fall of the school year and will be distributed in August for the full amount. Applications are available on our website at, in our office or call to request one.

Completed applications must be received by February 15th, 2019 and can be emailed to, mailed to PO Box 317 Vermillion, SD 57069 or dropped off at the office at 1410 E. Cherry St. Vermillion.



Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans, Inc:

Apply online  at  Deadline: October 25, 2018

Any questions see Mrs. Kirsch in Counseling Office.

Voice of Democracy-

Patriotic Audio Essay Competition Top Scholarship $30,000– Application forms can be picked up in the Counseling Office.  Deadline: October 31, 2018 

Prudential Spirit of Community Award:  

Students grades 9-12 who have volunteered over the past year are encouraged to apply. Qualified     certified applicants will receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award, and will become eligible to win $1000 or more, a medallion, and an all-expense paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C.

TO APPLY GO TO: or   – Deadline: November 6, 2018.

Snow Queen Contest and Scholarship Program:

  • Who? Freshman and Senior Girls
  • For more information and an application stop in the Counseling Office.
  • Deadline: November 9, 2018



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 guidance office — must register online at  The ACT test is given at VHS.

Test Date

September 8,2018

Registration Deadline

August 10, 2018

Late Registration Period/Late Fee

August 26, 2018

Photo Upload Deadline


August 31,2018


October 27, 2018 September 28, 2018 October 14, 2018 October 19, 2018
December 8, 2018 November 2, 2018 November 19, 2018 November 30, 2018
February 9, 2019 January 11, 2019 January 18, 2019 February 1, 2019
April 13, 2019 March 8, 2019 March 25, 2019 April 5, 2019
June 8, 2019 May 3, 2019      May 20, 2018      May 31, 2019
July 13, 2019 June 14, 2019     June 24, 2019      July 5, 2019

Test Fees: ACT  $50.50  ACT WITH WRITING  $67.00            

Vermillion’s High School code is:  421-315

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


SAT TEST Schedule – Registration information is available in the Counseling office – 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 Counseling Office; cost is $15.00 (cost subject to change)


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.