PHS Counselors News

Test to be administered

The New Mexico High School Competency Exam (NMHSCE) will be administered Wednesday through Friday to all current Portales High School seniors that have not passed some or all portions of NMHSCE.

Former PHS students from graduating classes 2002 to 2007, who received a certificate of completion and not a diploma, will also be given the opportunity to re-take the exam at this time to obtain graduation status.

All New Mexico high school seniors must pass the NMHSCE to receive their diplomas. Senior students that transferred in from out-of-state will be required to take the NMHSCE in order to receive their diplomas. Students and parents who have any questions may visit the guidance office or call 356-7015.

Seniors interested in attending a four year university after graduation must take a college entrance exam, either the ACT or the SAT. The next ACT will be given on Dec. 8. Deadline to register is Nov. 2. The next SAT will be given on Nov. 3. Deadline to register is Tuesday.

Seniors should also be applying to the colleges of their choice this month as well as obtaining scholarship information.

Outstanding students

Outstanding Students of America is offering a scholarship program for high school seniors. There is no fee associated with this scholarship and it is payable to the college of the student’s choice. Deadline to apply is Oct. 10 postmarked. For information and to obtain an application visit or visit the counseling and guidance office.

Available scholarships are posted on the Portales Schools’ Web site in the schools section under Portales High School: Counselors Corner. Through the site, visitors can alk to the counselors for more information about college entrance exams, college admissions and scholarships. Thomas Tafoya meets with students with last names A-L and Pam Nelson-Ray meets with students whose last names begin with M-Z.