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Welcome to Your Go Center Website!

Welcome back, parents and students! 
 
This year, I will serve as your College Access Specialist at Colorado River Collegiate Academy.  I will, primarily, be responsible for transporting tenth and eleventh grade students to ACC throughout the week.  Additionally, I will work with each of our CRCA students helping them plan and transition to the "next step" in their collegiate journey. 
 
I was raised in a small town outside of the Houston area called, Baytown, Texas.  Upon my high school graduation, I attended and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History and Secondary Education from Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas.  I began my career in education teaching AP and on-level World History, AP Human Geography, AP Macroeconomics, on-level United States History, Government and Economics.  After seven years of teaching, I decided to continue my educational endeavors and attain a Masters Degree in School Counseling at Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas.  I am very excited about this new role at CRCA and I hope to best serve you in your academic efforts.    
 
I am happily married to a fellow educator and have a beautiful little boy, Jackson.  In my (limited) spare time, I enjoy long distance running, reading, cooking, and all things geek!  
 
I am really looking forward to this year! Please feel free to contact me via email, phone call, or simply drop by CRCA's Go Center (Room 1210) 
 
 
 

Recent Posts

Scholarship Opportunity: E-Waste Scholarship

Each year there are 20 to 50 million tons of e-waste discarded in the world. E-waste contains toxic materials, including heavy metals, that can easily seep into the ground and ultimately get into groundwater supplies. According to the EPA, recycling e-waste allows more than 100 million pounds of materials to be reused annually.

The purpose of this scholarship is to help you understand the impact of e-waste and what can be done to reduce e-waste.

Who may apply: You must be a high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.

How to apply: Complete the application form below including a 140-character message about e-waste. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about e-waste.

Deadline: April 30, 2017 to coincide with Earth Day

How we'll select the winner: We'll select the 10 finalists based on the content of the 140-character message. The winner will be selected based on the content and creativity of the 500- to 1,000-word essay.

Awards: The winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.

Apply for the Scholarship using this link: http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/ewaste-scholarship/

Resources to reinforce understanding of E-waste: 

http://www.digitalresponsibility.org/environmental-and-societal-impact-of-technology/

FREE SAT PRACTICE!!!

Khan Academy offers students with FREE resources to help students prepare for their SAT test.  
 
Click on the following link and get to practicing: 
 
Additionally, College Board will offer you free resources to help you prepare for your SAT once you register for the test.  
 
 
Please remember that you need to take either the SAT and/or ACT by the end of your junior year!!!

Scholarship Opportunity: Prindle Institute High School Essay Competition

The Prindle Institute for Ethics will award five prizes ($300 each) for the best essays written by high school students on an ethics-related topic. This year’s topic focuses on the ethics of voting. Any high school student is encouraged to submit an essay. Read the guidelines below, and submit your paper via the online submission form at the bottom of this page.

The Ethics of Voting
Answer one of the following prompts.

1. Is it okay to vote for self-interested reasons?
Is it morally permissible to vote for self-interested reasons? A lot of people vote for presidential candidates based on self-interest. Someone who is wealthy might vote for someone promising to cut taxes. Someone who is a teacher might vote for someone they perceive to be pro-education. Someone who owns a small business might vote for someone they perceive as pro-business. Is it morally permissible to vote for someone whom you think will benefit you directly in some way? Is there a moral difference between that and selling your vote? 

2. Is it wrong not to vote?
Voting is a right, but is it an obligation? People choose to not vote for a variety of reasons, but others will argue that they have a civic duty to get out and vote. Are people obligated to get out and vote? 

3. Who should have the right to vote?
We don't allow convicted felons or people under 18 to vote. Many states won't allow someone to vote who can't provide proof of their identity. Should we restrict voting this way? Who should have the right to vote? If we restrict voting, what criteria should we use?

4. Identify a moral issue related to voting other than (1)-(3)
You may think there are other interesting ethical questions related to voting that aren't identified in the first three prompts. Feel free to identify one of those questions and answer it.  
Each essay should thoroughly assess the moral dimensions of the ethics of voting in your own self-interest. 

If you argue that something is permissible, then then your essay should also thoughtfully consider and respond to arguments that someone might have for thinking that it is not permissible. If you argue that something is not permissible, then you should consider why someone might argue that it is permissible. 

Deadline: January 16, 2017

Eligibility: Anyone currently enrolled in high school in the United States. You do not need to enroll at DePauw to receive the award. This contest is open to any high school student regardless of college choice.

Word Limit: 1000-2000 words

Guidelines:

  1. You should present and critically discuss arguments for your position.

  2. Don’t merely summarize what others have said, we want you to weigh in with your opinion on the merits of the arguments you discuss.

  3. Cite your sources (any common citation style is acceptable).

  4. Remove any identifying information from the paper you submit, including your name, high school name, etc. This ensures that papers will be anonymous.

  5. Submit your essay using the online submission form below.

  6. Winners will receive a $300 honorarium and may have their essays published on The Prindle Post.

$10,000 Scholarship Opportunity

Is college worth it? You invest your time, money, and energy into getting a college degree. The return could be your education, experiences, relationships, a career, a sense of purpose, or something else entirely. Weighing the expected investment and return, is college worth it for you? In 250 words or less, tell us why.

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
"Weighing the expected investment and return, is college worth it for you? Why?"

The Unigo $10K Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around March 31, 2018.

Link:  https://goo.gl/sLUlGz

 Award Amount: $10,000

 

You will need to create a profile with Unigo in order to submit your scholarship essay.  No worries, it’s free!

 

Coats for Kids and More!

When: December 10, 2016 4:00-6:00 pm
Where:  Mina Elementary School
1203 Hill St. Bastrop, Texas 78602
 
Bastrop ISD has partnered with the Junior League of Austin to help distribute coats to children in need in the Bastrop area.  Coats are first come first serve basis, no registration required.  
 
For more informatin or to sing-up to volunteer please contact Parent Involvement Liaison Norma Mercado at 512-772-7133 or email nmercado@bastropisdtx,org
 

CRCA Thanksgiving 2016 Bus Route

Attention ACC Students and Parents:
 
ACC is holding class on November 21-23, 2016.  Meaning: Juniors will have class on Monday and Wednesday.  Sophomores will have class on Tuesday. (Unless otherwise notified).  Please see the attachment if you are planning to ride the bus that week.  Mr. Conrardy will be driving that week.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact CRCA at 512-772-7230.  

Another Scholarship Opportunity!!!

It's often been said that "education is the key to success." What doors could your educational "key" open? It's not cheap to get a college degree, and many college-bound students see a shut door for education. We're here to help open it again.

School can get expensive, so we want to know how winning a $3,000 All About Education Scholarship could help make a difference in your life. Will it ease the burden of student loans? Will it offer you the opportunity to pursue a dream? Will it help you inspire others to work towards their own goals?

Education can truly change a person's life - and this scholarship just might be that first step. Let us know why winning a scholarship for education matters to you.

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

 

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
"How will a $3,000 scholarship for education make a difference in your life?"

Application Deadline: April 30, 2017

The All About Education Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around July 30, 2017.

Link: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/all-about-education-scholarship

Attention: Scholarship Opportunity

Have you ever wondered where you'd go if you could fly around downtown? Or maybe you daydream of secretly taking over the world - to each his own. For all of those hero lovers and villain enthusiasts, this super scholarship can give you the power to win free college money.

Use your imagination and become the superhero, or perhaps super villain, you've always wanted to be. Would you live a life in a comic book universe or use your powers here in the real world? We want to know how you would use your super powers for good, or bad, even if it was just for the day.

While we can't give you the ability to walk through walls or read minds, our Superpower Scholarship can help increase your brainpower with $2,500 to use towards education.

Applicants must:

  • Be thirteen (13) years of age or older at the time of application
  • Be legal residents of the fifty (50) United States or the District of Columbia
  • Be currently enrolled (or enroll no later than the fall of 2023) in an accredited post-secondary institution of higher education

 

Submit an online short written response (250 words or less) for the question:
"Which superhero or villain would you want to change places with for a day and why?"

Application Deadline: March 31, 2017

The Superpower Scholarship winner will be notified by email or phone on or around June 30, 2017.

 

Here's the Link: https://www.unigo.com/scholarships/our-scholarships/superpower-scholarship

PSAT-For Juniors ONLY

Attention CRCA Juniors!  
You will be taking the PSAT on Wednesday, October 19th at CRCA!  Please let your professors know in advance that you will be taking the exam and make appropriate arrangements to get your assignments in (if you have anything due)

Need a Job?

Bastrop County Chamber of Commerce is hosting a career and job fair on Saturday, October 1st.  The following link will provide you with the appropriate information to prepare you if you should decide to attend this event!  FYI: We will be working on job and college resumes in the GO Center starting this FRIDAY (September 9th) if you are in need of a resume.