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Class of 2020 Information

VCS Class of 2020

Important Dates


September 11 – Herff Jones will be on campus during lunches and from 4pm-6pm to place graduation/Cap & Gown orders. 

                              Get updates from Herff Jones: Text CONTACT to 70934.

Proofs for tux and drapes should arrive in about two weeks. Students will be able to purchase portraits and make their selection for the photo to be used in the yearbook.

Proof Orders for senior portraits are due by Sept. 10th. If you would like to set up a payment arrangement for your child's portraits you can call Melissa. We will be offering an outdoor session for Senior Casuals on Friday, Oct. 4th from 4-6pm at Ambrose Park in downtown Henderson. We are offering 15 min. sessions with one outfit selection. Session fee is $25. Call or email Melissa if you are interested in setting up a session.

September 18 - Senior Class Picture

September 18 - College Fair at VGCC from 9:30 to 10:30.  We will ride the activity bus.  We depart at 9:15 and return at 10:45.  See Ms. Hicks for permission form.  Permission forms are due to Ms. Hicks by September 13. 

September 19 – Senior Parent/Student Meeting regarding academics/college applications/residency determination/Military Recruiters will present also – 6:00pm - HS Cafeteria

September 21 - Service Academy Day - hosted by Senator Thom Tillis.  This event will equip students, and families with essential information about the United States Service Academies, their admission standards, and the nomination process.  Attendees will have an opportunity to meet with representatives from each service academy.  No RSVP is needed.  The event will be held at the NC National Guard Joint Force Headquarters in Raleigh at 1636 Gold Star Dr in Raleigh from 10:30 to 1:00.  Doors will open at 9:45.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Hicks, or you many contact the office of Senator Thom Tillis at 919-856-4630.  

September 21 - Annual HBCU College Fair will be held from 10 to 1 at the Holiday Gymnasium at Broughton High School.  The event is free and open to the public.


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Prudential Spirit of community Awards

The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards were created in 1995 to recognize students in middle and high school grades (5 - 12) who have demonstrated exemplary community service.  These prestigious awards sponsored by Prudential Financial in partnership with the National Association of Secondary School Principals, are presented annually on the local, state, and national level. To be considered for the award, you must complete the application found at or by Nov. 1 and submit the application to Ms. Hicks.  If you are selected to be a state honoree, you will be eligible for a $1,000 scholarship along with an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, DC for four days.  

Teaching scholars

Any senior interested in pursuing a career in teaching, please see Ms. Hicks by Sept. 13.  Several opportunities will be coming up in the future. 

Residency determination services (RDS)

Residency Determination Service determines your eligibility for in-state tuition and state grants.  When you complete the RDS process, a Residency Determination Number (RCN) will be given to you.  The RCN number is needed for each college application that a student completes.  The RCN n is needed if you apply to any post-secondary education/training.  It is highly recommended that the parent and the student complete this process together before the student begins completing college applications.  Please keep the RCN number in a safe place.  You will need it in the future.  You will also need this number if you plan to transfer or when you apply for higher degrees. Visit  to complete RDS.  If you have any questions, see Ms. Hicks.

By D Hicks

College application deadlines

Appalachian State University - Early Action: Nov. 1. Regular Deadline: Feb. 1
Cabarrus College of Health Sciences - Priority:  Feb. 1 for Fall & Oct. 1 for Spring
Catawba College - Priority: Nov. 1.  Regular: Feb. 1
Davidson College - Early Decision I: Nov. 15. Early Decision II: Jan. 2. Regular: Jan. 7
Duke University - Early Decision: Nov. 1. Regular Decision: Dec. 20 (for priority) or Jan. 2.
Elizabeth City State - Fall: June 30. Spring: Dec. 1.
Elon University - Early Decision: Nov. 1. Early Action: Nov. 10. Regular Decision: Jan.10
Fayetteville State University - Fall: June 30. Spring: Dec. 1
Guilford College - Early Decision: Nov. 1. Early Action: Dec. 1. Regular Decision: Jan. 1
High Point University - Early Decision: Nov. 1. Early Action: Nov. 15. Regular Decision: Feb. 1
Johnson & Wales University in Charlotte: Early Action: Nov. 1.  Rolling Admissions
Lees-McRae College: Early Decision: Nov. 1. Early Action: Dec. 1. Regular Decision: April 10
Meredith College: Early Decision: Oct.30. Early Action: Dec. 2. Regular Decision: Feb. 15
NC A&T State University: Early Action: Nov. 15. Priority: Feb. 1. Regular Decision: June 30
NC Central University: Regular Decision - July 15
NC State University: Early Action: Nov. 1. Regular Decision: Jan. 15
Pfeiffer University: Honor Awards Priority: Feb. 1 Regular: Rolling 
Queens University of Charlotte - Early Decision: Nov. 1. Early Action: Dec. 1 Secondary Early Action: 
                                                           Feb. 1. Regular Decision: March 1
UNC at Chapel Hill - Early Action: Oct. 15. Regular Decision: Jan. 15.
UNC at Charlotte - Early Action: Nov. 1. Regular Decision: Feb. 1. Rolling admission after Feb. 1
UNC at Greensboro - Priority: Dec. 1. Regular Decision: March 1. Rolling admissions: July 15
UNC at Pembroke - Regular: May 1
UNC at Wilmington - Regular: May 1
Wake Forest University - Early Decision: Nov. 15. Early Decision II: Jan. 1 Regular Decision: Jan. 1
Warren Wilson College - Early Decision: Nov. 1 Early Action: Nov. 15. Regular Decision: Rolling
Western Carolina University - Early Action: Nov. 15. Regular Decision I: Jan. 1. Regular Decision II:                                                            Feb. 1
Winston-Salem State University - Regular Decision: May 31

*This information is subject to change by each campus. Please confirm all dates and deadlines as part of your planning process. 

By D Hicks

FAFSA - Free application for federal student aid

Complete the FAFSA to determine your eligibility for federal and state financial aid.  You will receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) upon completion. Some scholarship programs require FAFSA to be completed for consideration.  First step is to get an FSA ID (Federal Student Aid Identification) for the student and for one parent/legal guardian before Oct. 1 if possible.  Then, FAFSA opens on Oct. 1.  Visit to obtain an FSA ID  and complete FAFSA after Oct. 1.  VCS is planning a financial aid night. More details to come.  

By D Hicks

Sallie Mae Scholarships: Search for 5 million scholarships worth up to $24 billion. Register and be entered for a chance to win $1,000 for college.  Visit 

Dream Big! Win Big!  ACT Scholarship

Enter for your chance to win a $15,000 Scholarship + $5,000 Tech Package in the ACT Scholarship Giveaway!  Eligible sophomores, juniors and seniors who register for the ACT test between 9/3/2019 and 6/26/2020 are automatically entered for a chance to win.  It's that easy!  To register for the ACT, visit  If you qualify for a fee waiver, see Ms. Hicks.

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