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Making the Most of Summer Vacation

Summer vacation is upon students and this can be a great time to get involved with rewarding activities both at Piedmont and in Union County. Summer workout schedules for athletic teams have been posted to the respective sports websites. In addition, summer is a great time for rising juniors and seniors to participate in community service opportunities as they prepare for the college and scholarship application process. The Union County Public Library also offers a variety of programs for teens at all branches. 

Piedmont students who are planning to try-out for fall athletic teams should pay close attention to summer workout schedules. Free physicals were given on June 4 and there will not be another opportunity provided through Piedmont High School to receive a physical. Athletes who need a physical are reminded that their physician must use the North Carolina High School Athletic Association form for their exam. The form is downloadable from our Athletics General Information page. Contact respective coaches or athletic director Robert Gearhart with questions related to athletics.
For college bound students, the summer presents a great opportunity to set themselves apart from the sea of college applicants. Students should plan to visit prospective colleges and meet with admissions counselors. It is also a great time to volunteer with a community service organization that coincides with your passions to best prepare yourself for scholarships. For those students needing to take the SAT/ACT, the summer months are perfect for engaging in review for these tests or take a prep course. Rising seniors should look carefully at Honors scholarships that might be available at any prospective colleges so important early deadlines do not become missed opportunities. Guidance counselor Kathy Cooper states that “The CFNC website can be a valuable tool to help college bound students learn about colleges and financial aid.” Rising seniors should begin preparing a resume, or “brag sheet”, that can used for letter of recommendation requests. Since current college students are typically at home during the summer, take this opportunity to talk with ones who attend a college of interest to learn about campus life to be better prepared for college selection.
The Union County Public Library is another great resource for activities for Piedmont students. The kickoff for the Teen Summer Program is scheduled for Monday, June 20 at 4:30 p.m. at the Main Branch. Pizza and drinks will be provided, as well as games. Interested students can download the brochure of summer activities here . Complete information on all summer programs available at the Union County Public Library is available on their website at www.union.lib.nc.us.
We are proud of all the accomplishments of Piedmont students this year and hope everyone has a safe and productive summer! 

Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor
Posted: Jun 09, 2011 by Donna Helms

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