Information for Sophomores
Welcome to your second year of high school! Now that you've gotten a feel for high school, it's time to begin focusing on learning more about yourself and the opportunities available after high school. The sophomore year is a time to do a lot of exploration and find ways to learn more about yourself. Taking a variety of courses, participating in enrichment opportunities, and extracurricular involvement can all help you discover more about yourself and add to your knowledge and experiences. There will be many opportunities for you at school and students should check announcements and the link for enrichment opportunities for activities and programs that you might be interested in. Don't forget community involvement as an avenue to expand your horizons as well!
During freshman year, most students have a very similar course load. The sophomore year and beyond, students begin branching out and taking a larger variety of courses based on personal interest, academic aptitude, and post-secondary plans. Students need to focus on making excellent grades in order to have as many options as possible when they graduate. Students are encouraged to take the most challenging courses they can be successful in. For students who are uncertain in what they might want to pursue after high school, taking a variety of academic and Career & Technical Education (CTE) courses may help them find strengths and weaknesses as well as give experiences that will help confirm if particular fields might be right for them. Counselors will do classroom presentations and meet with students individually to help explore possible career fields and choose appropriate coursework.
In addition to coursework, four-year college-bound students are encouraged to take the PSAT in October. The PSAT is a practice test for the SAT and students will receive detailed results, study plans, and information about post-secondary plans from the test. The test is typically around $15 and sophomores can sign up in the Counseling Office in September. To learn more about the PSAT, see CollegeBoard's website.
Sophomores are encouraged to participate in enrichment opportunities to learn more about themselves and develop skills that will help them be successful later in life. Volunteering in the community is one way to expand your horizons. There are also free and low-cost programs available. Below are some of the opportunities students might want to apply for. You are strongly encouraged to choose opportunities directly related to your interests and strengths, not just something you think will look good on a college applications. In addition to the opportunities below, check out CFNC's College Preparation Opportunity Search.
HUGH O'BRIAN YOUTH LEADERSHIP SEMINAR (HOBY)One outstanding sophomore from South Stokes will be chosen to attend the Hugh O’Brian Youth
Leadership Seminar (HOBY) that will be held next summer. If you’re interested in developing
your leadership skills and would be interested in being considered for South’s nominations please
see your counselor. Interested students will be asked to complete a short essay to determine who will be selected to attend. Selection is typically in September or October. For more information see your counselor or visit www.hoby.org.
SUMMER VENTURES IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS
This is a four-week residential program for sophomores and juniors interested in science and math. Students are assigned to one of six UNC campuses and can select studies in a specialized area of math or science. Students interested in learning more about Summer Ventures should see your counselor for further information. FREE!
GOVERNOR'S PAGE PROGRAM
This is a one-week internship in Raleigh’s Office of the Governor for students ages 15 – 18. Students must have a minimum "B" average. Applications are accepted year-round, and participants are responsible for all costs involved. Students are encouraged to do this program during the summer months rather than miss school.
CAMP MED HEALTH CAREERS AWARENESS CAMP AT SURRY COMMUNITY COLLEGE
This is a 5-day program for high school students. Students take trips to local hospitals and learn about opportunities in health related careers. Applications are due in May. See Mrs. Brewer or your counselor for information. FREE!
WFU BAPTIST MEDICAL CENTER VOLUNTEEN PROGRAM
Each year, WFU Baptist Medical Center accepts applications from high school students for their Summer Volunteen Program. Students who are interested in medical careers and who are willing to commit to a long-term summer experience are encouraged to attend. The application can be found online and the program is competitive. Immersion in health career fields are difficult to obtain and this is a great opportunity to gain experience and knowledge.
NC STATE'S DESIGN CAMP
Design Camp students work with College of Design faculty on projects from each of the College disciplines—architecture, landscape architecture, industrial design, art and design, and graphic design. In addition to studio projects, students attend lectures from highly respected design professionals. Sophomores and juniors are eligible to attend, and the cost is $600. Applications are due in May.
NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF SCIENCE & MATHEMATICS
A representative from The North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics (NCSSM) visits South Stokes each fall to tell students more about this opportunity for students with strengths in science and mathematics. NCSSM is a residential high school for Juniors and Seniors and is free to students who are accepted for their residential or online program. If you’re interested in attending the information meeting, sign up with your counselor. You can also learn more by visiting http://www.ncssm.edu/.
Whether you play sports, are active in your church youth group, or show livestock, being involved in activities outside of the classroom is important in becoming a well-rounded student and exploring activities that might help you succeed life. There are many opportunities available both through the school and in the community. Find something you are passionate about and stick with it. Some students think signing up for every club available is the best way to get involved. Instead, we encourage students to find a few things they really care about and committing a significant amount of time to fewer activities than trying to do everything. Don't forget, maintaining good grades while balancing extracurricular involvement is essential to being a great student! For a list of some of the club and activities at South Stokes, check out the Clubs & Activities Page!
Sophomore Meeting Presentation (12/2015)
Sophomore Meeting Handouts (12/2015)
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