The Lois Pickard Scholarship Competition is open to serious and gifted young musicians ages 12 – senior in high school. Students of strings, brass, winds, percussion and piano are eligible to enter in one category only. Entrants must be legal US residents. The winners must be available to perform for the Lois Pickard Scholarship Award Luncheon on Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Vestavia Country Club. The Grand Winner will make an appearance with the Alabama Symphony Orchestra. The competition will be held Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Birmingham-Southern College Hill Hall. The entry fee is $35 payable to the Symphony Volunteer Council. If interested you can get an entry form from Mr. Bender in the band room or in the OMHS Guidance Office. Entries must be postmarked by January 4, 2017.

For more information, please call Debbie Reid at (205) 991-2712, e-mail, or visit


PLEASE REGISTER NOW TO SECURE A SPOT – CLASSES ARE FILLING QUICKLY! Registration is open at Please call with questions or for help with registration 205-989-4356.

UAB Fall Visits

Students may register for any of these events, as well as for a daily campus tour, online at

Are you looking for an ACT Prep class?
Faye Nichols Test Preparation and Consulting is now taking registrations for the prep class that prepares for the ACT. Register online at or contact Faye Nichols or Linda Crutcher at or 823-2166 for more information.

Red Mountain Tutoring offers ACT preparation. For more information visit or contact Ryan Linkous at or 865.356.2329

Smile for a Lifetime is a program that provides orthodontic scholarships to children whose families are unable to pay for braces. Smile for a Lifetime plans to treat at least 10 children and is accepting applications now.

Applicants must meet the following criteria: must be a resident of Alabama; generally between the ages of 11 and 18; family income of no more than 185% of poverty level (qualifies for free/reduced lunch); must have a significant aesthetic need for braces; must be currently enrolled student; must have a positive attitude; must agree to follow the treatment plan and demonstrate ability and commitment to make all appointments on time.

To become a candidate, interested patients must complete or have completed for them, a Smile for a Lifetime Foundation application. This includes an application form and questions found on; two letters of recommendation from non-family members; two pictures of the applicant (one smiling photo and one in which the applicant’s teeth are clearly visibile. Return your completed application to: Smile for a Lifetime Foundation c/o Sarver Orthodontics; 1705 Vestavia Pkwy; Birmingham, AL 35216.

FAFSA Available October 1
The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) becomes available online October 1. File the FAFSA as soon as possible on the Federal Student Aid website,

Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors
College Ahead at the University of Montevallo is a way for high school juniors and seniors to take college courses while they are still in high school. To be eligible, students must have a 3.0 GPA and maintain 2.5 college GPA if accepted. Interested students should see Mr. Deavers or Mrs. Holder to obtain permission from the school. If you are interested in the program, visit to obtain more information or to get an application.

Shelby County College and Career Center
Offers 12 career/technical programs including: Automotive Technology, Carpentry, CO-OP Program, Collision Repair, Cosmetology, Drafting/Pre-Engineering, Culinary Arts, Electrical, Healthcare Science, Agriscience-Plant Systems, Public Service, and Welding. For more information contact Amy Shannon at 682-6584 or visit their website at

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