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Welcome to Your College and Career Center Website!

Welcome back, parents and students! 
I am 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 (seniors) 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 started my career in education teaching AP and on-level social studies courses.  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 happy to be a CRCA Owl 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!  
Please feel free to contact me via email, phone call, or simply drop by CRCA's Go Center (CRCA Library)

Recent Posts

Senior Pictures-Friday, September 22nd.

Pictures are this Friday!  Check your school email for the updated picture schedule!  Please make every attempt to be at school on Friday!

Association For Women in Mathematics Contest

Who can enter?

This essay contest is open to students in the following categories:

  • Grades 6-8
  • Grades 9-12
  • Undergraduate

At least one winning submission will be chosen from each category.

What is the subject of the essay?

Your essay should be based primarily on an interview with a woman currently working in a mathematical career. The submission must be in essay form, not just a transcript of your interview.

How long should the essay be?

The essay should be approximately 500 to 1000 words in length.

Who can I write about?
  • You may interview and write about any woman currently working in a mathematical sciences career.
  • If you would like to be put in contact with someone who has agreed to be interviewed for this contest, please contact Dr. Joanna Bieri (interviewee coordinator) at Please note that interviewee contacts will only be given out for requests received by January 10 each year.

Here are some suggestions for finding possible women to interview:

  • female math teachers
  • female professors in mathematics at a local college or university (you can try looking up the school's website and looking for the mathematics department; many departments list their faculty and their email addresses)
  • also consider other mathematical department such as applied mathematics, computer science, statistics, physics, engineering, finance, etc.
  • to find mathematicians from underrepresented minorities, you may want to try the website for the National Association of Mathematicians (NAM), the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), or the Society for Advancement of Chicanos and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS).

What should I ask in my interview?

The following questions are suggestions for what ask your interviewee about during the interview:

  • What motivated your interviewee to pursue a career in the mathematical sciences?
  • What is your interviewee’s educational, family and cultural background?
  • What kind of work does she do?
  • Does she have any advice to students who are interested in pursuing a career in the mathematical sciences?
  • What are your interviewee’s hobbies?
  How will essays be judged?

Essays will be judged by a panel of mathematicians on content, grammar, and presentation.

What do I need to submit?

A valid submission will contain the following information:

  1. A biographical essay, based primarily on an interview, of approximately 500-1000 words in length, on a woman currently working in a mathematical career.
  2. A short (approximately 100 words) biographical sketch of the student contestant. This biographical sketch should include the student's name, grade level, school, and mathematical interests.
  3. Information about the student:
    • student's name
    • address of student (or parent)
    • phone number or email address of student (or parent)
  4. Information about the subject of the biography:
    • name
    • address
    • phone number and/or email address
All information must be submitted using the online submission form (available December 1).

When is the deadline?

All submissions must be received by January 31 each year.

How should I submit my essay?
Essay Contest Form

All information must be submitted using the online submission form (available December 1).

If you have any problems submitting your essay, please contact Dr. Heather A. Lewis (contest organizer) either by email ( or at the following address:

Dr. Heather A. Lewis 
Department of Mathematics 
Nazareth College 
4245 East Avenue 
Rochester, NY 14618

All submissions become the property of the Association for Women in Mathematics.


Here is the link to the site:

College & Career Exploration Showcase

Learn about in-demand careers, participate in guided career exploration activities, and win prizes at the College & Career Exploration Showcase.

Saturday, September 30, 2017
10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
ACC Highland Campus, 6101 Highland Dr.

  • Explore career and training options.
  • Meet Central Texas employers representing 100+ careers.
  • Learn about the fastest-growing industries and jobs in Central Texas.
  • Get answers about financial assistance, training programs, and college applications.

DRAMA 1310 Plays

Students enrolled in Dr. Yaekle's Drama 1310 course are required to view a minimum of two plays this semester.  The following locations are offering plays for students to watch over the course of the semester:
Austin Play House:
Play House in Smithville: 
Bastrop Opera House:
Gaslight Baker Theater in Lockhart: 
Zach Theater:

Coca Cola Scholars Founder Program

The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.


Applicants must be:

  • Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools)
  • U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
  • Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
  • Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution

Applicants may not be:

  • Children or grandchildren of employees, officers, or owners of Coca-Cola bottling companies, The Coca-Cola Company, Company divisions or subsidiaries.
  • DACA students
  • International students (with the exception of students at DoD schools)
  • High school graduates
  • Temporary residents

Courageous Persuaders Contest


Each year, more than 10,000 young people, ages 16 to 25, die as a result of alcohol use. It is a tragic problem.

As early as grade school, kids feel pressure to drink. Sometimes, the courage to say “no” can come from an older kid. In Courageous Persuaders, high school students create television commercials targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of alcohol use. Students compete for scholarship money and trophies. The grand prize-winning commercial actually airs on TV as a public service announcement. Participants gain valuable experience, are honored in a Hollywood-style awards banquet and, most importantly, have an opportunity to save lives.

In 2000 John Barczyk, an advertising executive at McCann-Erickson, the world’s largest multinational advertising agency system, met with Troy, Michigan, District Judge Michael Martone, a nationally recognized advocate in the fight against underage drinking. John had an idea to help reduce the unbelievable statistics of underage drinking. The meeting confirmed a mutual concern and a dedication to make a difference. Together, they founded Courageous Persuaders.

In 2007, the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) officially announced its partnership with Courageous Persuaders. The DADA is the primary sponsor and administrator of the Courageous Persuaders program, which is facilitated through the DADA Education Foundation.

In 2008, Michigan’s Secretary of State (SOS) officially announced the SOS’s partnership with Courageous Persuaders. Top entries in the innovative Courageous Persuaders anti-drinking campaign aimed at teens will win airtime in SOS offices across Michigan. We’ve since expanded our messages, so students can submit a video on the dangers of underage drinking or the dangers of texting while driving.

Create a TV commercial targeted at middle school students to warn them about the dangers of underage drinking or texting while driving, students can enter separate videos in both categories. Win scholarship money and trophies, have fun, and gain valuable experience. The grand prize-winning commercial will be broadcast on TV and the team that created it will work with Pluto Post and the DADA Education Foundation to upgrade their spot for air.

Open to all high school students in grades 9-12 – not only those taking video production. Winners will be selected based on idea. And you all have great ideas.

The Courageous Persuaders entry deadline is February 9, 2018. Your entry must either be submitted online or postmarked by this date. Winners will be announced at the Awards Celebration in May 2018. Continue to visit for information about the 2018 competition and for further updates!


Here is the website:

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:

Resources to reinforce understanding of E-waste:


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


  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.


 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!