Calendar of Guidance Department Events

  • Nyack High School Auditorium

    Senior Awards Night

    Senior Awards Night

  • Regional Academic Summer School Begins

    Summer School Begins

  • Regional Academic Summer School Ends

  • Regents Exams (Anticipated)

  • Regents Exams (Anticipated)

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Guidance Department Announcements

  • Scholarship Opportunities for the Class of 2022


    Scholarship Bulletin Class of 2022   

    You can download scholarship applications directly from this page.  

    Welcome to the site for scholarship opportunities for the class of 2021.  Scholarships are arranged by category.  These categories will include scholarships awarded solely to Nyack High School students, Rockland County and neighboring county scholarships, New York State scholarships, and National scholarships. The National scholarships have the earliest deadlines, mostly in October and November. 

    The bulk of the scholarship deadlines are between February and May, but do not neglect to look for deadlines as early as October through January as we have a few sizable ones.   If you are planning on studying Engineering, Nursing, Education, Business, or are a Volunteer Firefighter, there are scholarships specifically for these areas of study.

    Many scholarships require a resume, so this is a good time to start yours.  If you do not have paid work experience, you can list volunteer positions and sport teams that you are involved with.  You will almost always be requested to include a transcript and a recommendation. Please see your guidance counselor for these items and they will direct you accordingly.

    The Guidance Department at Nyack High School hosts a scholarship awards night each year in June to recognize and award scholarships to all winners.  

    Deadlines for submission of applications are firm and late submissions will not be accepted by the guidance department or our donors.

    A final thought, scholarship submissions should be filled out in a professional manner.  DO NOT submit a scholarship application written in pencil or colored ink.  If you need a pen with blue ink, we have enough pens to supply you with one.  Don't be shy.  Good Luck!

    Click on the link below to view Scholarships.   We are posting the deadline dates to the corresponding scholarship on this list as soon as we are made aware.  Check back often so that you do not miss a good opportunity.


  • Summer Opportunity Bulletin 2022

    Our Summer Opportunity Bulletin lists various paid, unpaid, and tuition based opportunities for rising Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors.  These opportunities include volunteer work, pre-college programs, paid employment as camp counselors, Counselor In Training positions,  and leadership training programs such as  Rotary and HOBY.  New opportunities will be added as we receive them.  Some programs are already open for registration.  See bulletin below

    Summertime Program for High School Students 2022

  • Two Westchester County College Fairs this April


    Announcing  two upcoming "In-Person" College Fairs taking place in Westchester County in April.

    • Tuesday, April 26 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at The Galleria Mall in White Plans, NY
    • Wednesday, April 27 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Jefferson Valley Mall in Yorktown Heights, NY


    Both sites provide abundant parking, floor space and convenient locations. At the Galleria, the fair will be using the space that was previously occupied by Sears. Theyare delighted to be able to provide these "in-person" events so that students and parents can meet with college reps face-to-face.


    Admission is free and students do not need to register.


    To view a preliminary list of colleges that have registered thus far, click More colleges register every day.  Anticipated  number of colleges-200 .


  • Naomi's Program of Excellence is sponsoring SAT/ACT Course This Spring

     Naomi's Program of Excellence is holding an SAT/ACT prep course beginning on April 3 and running through May 29th.  This program is  open to Freshmen through Seniors.  this 8 session class will be held at the Nyack Library.  See attached flyer for more details.

  • NYS STEM Incentive Program for high school graduates in the top 10% of their class

    The NYS STEM Incentive Program provides a full SUNY tuition scholarship to the top 10 percent of students in each NYS high school if they pursue a STEM degree in an associate’s or bachelor’s degree program and agree to live in NYS and work in a STEM field in NYS for five years after graduation.


    An applicant must:

    • be a NYS resident and have resided in NYS for 12 continuous months prior to the beginning of the fall college term;
    • be a U.S. citizen or eligible non-citizen;
    • be a high school senior/recent high school graduate who will be enrolled full time at a public or private college located in NYS, beginning in the fall term following his or her high school graduation;
    • be ranked in the top 10 percent of his/her high school graduating class at a NYS high school;
    • be matriculated in an approved undergraduate program leading to a degree in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics at a public or private college located in NYS;
    • maintain a cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher;
    • execute a Service Contract agreeing to reside and work in the field of Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics in NYS for five years.  View the terms and conditions of the service contract.


  • Clarkstown’s Memorial Day Essay Scholarship Contest Presented by Anchor Trading

    Help restore the true meaning of Memorial Day by participating in the 2022 Memorial Day Essay Contest for high school seniors attending Clarkstown North High School, Clarkstown South High School, Nanuet High School, Nyack High School, Albertus Magnus, and East Ramapo High School.

    The topic is: What Does Memorial Day Mean to You? 

    The award is $5,000.

    The  deadline is  April 22, 2022 which is during our spring recess.

    See attached flyer for more details.




    Securing Working Papers During  The School Year

    • You may pick up the application in the guidance office OR you can download the working paper application located under IMPORTANT FORMS, from the guidance office webpage.
    • ​Fill out Part 1 only and have your parent or guardian sign the form.
    • Next, bring your application to the nurse's office and  when she has approved it then return it to Mrs. Lauturner in the guidance office.
  • Excelsior Scholarship for 2022

    The Excelsior Scholarship, in combination with other student financial aid programs, allows students to attend a SUNY or CUNY  college tuition-free.


     For the 2022-23 academic year, families who earned $125,000 or less are be eligible to apply. 

     If you would like to receive Excelsior Scholarship Application updates , submit your email address to be notified by email and/or opt-in for texting notifications by providing your mobile phone number. (This function available on their webpage.)

    For more information go to the website below.

  • 21-22 Common Application Essay Prompts:


    1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, please share your story.

    2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?

    3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?

    4.Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you?

    5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.

    6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?

    7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you’ve already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design​.

  • Collegeboard announces ending the SAT subject tests and optional essay:

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Members of the High School Guidance Department

Guidance Department Office: telephone (845) 353-7120 fax (845) 353-7119

Lorraine Longing -  Director of Guidance K-12,   845 353 7123 -

Guidance Counselors:

Maggie Gershonovitz    845-353-7130

Tara Heinemann             845-353-7133

 Sean Cavanagh              845-353-7125

 Alejandro Peña              845-353-7128 

 Diana Wright                   845-353-7126 -

School Psychologist:

Dr. Renee Eschmann, 845-353-7182

School Social Worker:

Mimi Madan, 845-353-7131

Student Support Services and Prevention Counselor:

Dornzella Milligan, 845-353-7134

Guidance Support Staff

JeanMarie Maldonado - Records Secretary (845) 353 7121
Jean Lauturner - Secretary (845) 353-7120

 2021 - 22 School Year :

Counselor 9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Mrs. Gershonovitz

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A - Co A - C

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Ms. Heinemann C - Fig Col - Hope

D - F


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Mr. Cavanagh Fo - Me

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G - Mas J - K
Mr. Peña Mi - O Mart - Q Maz - P L - P
Mrs. Wright P - Z R - Z Q - Z Q - Z



Junior Parent Night Video

Junior Parent Night in Spanish

Financial Aid Night Powerpoint in Spanish

Financial Aid Night Powerpoint in English

8th Grade Parent Orientation to High School Video

High School Elective video for 8th graders and their parents and guardians.

Freshmen college planning tips

  • Be sure to take challenging yet realistic courses and take an elective course that interests you.
  • Work hard in your courses to get the best grades possible; all your grades are important and your grades make up your transcript.
  • Work on developing good study habits. Do your homework every night. Study for tests and quizzes. 
  • Get involved! Join and fully participate in a few school clubs.
  • During the fall, visit mini college fairs on Mondays during lunch and begin to gather information about what you might like in a college. 
  • Take a career survey in the Naviance program.  Go to:
  • Begin to explore colleges and careers using Naviance.
  • Draft a resume in Naviance and start recording all  your extra curricular activities, part time jobs, and community service hours.
  • Continue to volunteer! 
  • Get scholarships from colleges for your achievements in high school through RaiseMe.

Sophomore college planning tips

  • Continue to take challenging courses and develop a competitive transcript.
  • Consider taking a leadership role in an activity that you are involved in.
  • In the fall you will take the ASPIRE which is standardized a test modeled after the ACT, a college entrance exam. To understand your child's results, view: 
  • Start developing a resume on  Naviance.
  • Explore career options by completing a career inventory in Naviance.  Go to:
  • Participate in leadership conferences such as HOBY. For more information go to
  • Research summer leadership programs offered by the Nyack Rotary.
  • BOCES Programs begin Junior year. Talk to your counselor if you are interested in pursuing a vocational career to learn a trade.
  • Start researching colleges by completing a college search on Naviance. 
  • Counselors will present information about SAT 2 Subject tests to you.  Please continue to consult with your teachers and counselors on the advisability of taking these tests.
  • Attend Sophomore Parent Night in the Spring.

Junior College Planning Tips

  • Continue to develop a competitive transcript, by enrolling in AP and College Level courses given at the high school.
  • In January you will take the PSAT.  The PSAT is a " trial run" for the SAT which is a college entrance exam. Use your PSAT results to prepare for your SAT in the spring.
  • Attend Junior parent night on January 29, 2020
  • During January, you will plan your senior year courses with your counselor.  Continue to challenge yourself with rigorous courses.
  • During second semester, you will be invited to a junior planning conference.  This meeting will help you to refine your college search and help you to prepare for the application procedures during senior year.
  • Sign up to take the SAT or ACT in the spring of your junior year. Create an account at and to register for exams. 
  • Visit college campuses.  During spring break , students and their families are encouraged to visit colleges that are of interest to you.  You should also attend Open Houses from those colleges.
  •  If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour:
  • Check the guidance bulletin board regularly for updates and information. 
  • Begin to think about which teachers will be writing your college recommendation letters.  You might want to ask them to write this letter before school ends in June. This will allow your teachers to plan accordingly. 
  • Continue to research college and career options in Naviance, go to:

Summer between Junior and Senior Year

  • Fine tune your college choices with your parents and share them with your school counselor.
  • Begin to draft your college essay.
  • Organize your college application deadlines, establish a professional email address, and register for any SAT / ACT exams you still need to take. Create a Common Application account and begin the input information in it.



Senior college planning tips

  • Continue to take challenging courses and give your best academic effort.
  • Attend college fairs on Mondays and individual college meetings during school. 
  • Attend college open houses, tours, and consider an overnight visit to a school that you are applying to. If you cant visit a college campus, take a virtual tour
  • Carefully review your senior transcript that is mailed home to you and your parents in August.
  • Make an appointment to see your counselor in September to finalize your college list. Your counselor will need to submit your school report section on your application. This includes your transcript, Nyack High  School profile, counselor recommendation letter and form.
  • Continue to update  your Naviance account. Keep your counselors and teachers updated on  your admissions status.  Go to:
  • Make sure you communicate with your counselor by submitting a Transcript Request Form
  • Complete the optional parent comment and observation form and return it to your guidance counselor:  Optional Parental Comments and Observations 
  • Attend the senior college planning evening and the financial aid event. These evenings are designed to assist you and your parents with the college application process.
  • Submit your SAT and / or ACT scores to colleges that you are applying to.  This is done online on the College Board and ACT websites at and
  • If you are applying to play sports at college: go to NCAA ( National Collegiate Athletic Association) to learn more:
  • Read the scholarship bulletins and apply for as many scholarships as you can.
  • Continue to work hard. Colleges require mid year grades and final transcripts.
  • For more information about financial aid:
  •  Rockland Adult and Community Education - learn about continued education options at

For more important information:




Information for college admissions representatives and College Visit Schedule

COLLEGE ADMISSIONS REPRESENTATIVES: Repvisits is open for scheduling  visits.  If you wish to schedule a visit  and cannot find a date and time slot please contact Jean Lauturner directly at 845-353-7120 and we will check for availability.

NYACK HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS:  See visit schedule below. Visits 2021-2022