Counseling Announcements

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Early Action Deadline - Nov. 1

Seniors/Senior Parents: The early action deadline of Nov. 1 for many colleges is fast approaching. If the colleges you are interested in offer early action and you plan to apply early in order to receive a decision letter earlier than the traditional deadline, please be sure to have your entire application file submitted by the end of this week! Please contact your counselor if you have any questions. Have a great day!

Holland/Zeeland Community Foundation Scholarship Reminders

Seniors/Senior Parents: If you would like to stay in the know for information and deadlines pertaining to the many local scholarships offered through the Holland/Zeeland Community Foundations, please sign up HERE.

October Newsletters

Counseling Office newsletters for the month of October are now available!  Please select the "Newsletters" link from the menu to the right to check them out!

College Financial Aid Information

Seniors/Senior Parents: For those students who desire to attend college after high school, the window to complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now open (effective Oct. 1). The FAFSA helps determine how much "need-based" financial aid a student might qualify for. Please watch the video at the links below for a general overview of financial aid and the steps for filing the FAFSA. The FAFSA should be complete by March 1 in order to meet the state deadline. In order to file the FAFSA both the student and parent need to obtain FSA IDs. These can be obtained at



Colleges With Free Applications

Seniors: October is "Michigan College Month" and while many Michigan colleges do not have application fees this year, some that do are waiving the fee at some point during the month of October!  Please reference this document for more details.  We encourage all seniors who are planning to apply to college do so by the end of October in order to maximize consideration as well as scholarship opportunity.  Please contact your counselor if you have any questions!

College Rep Visits

Representatives from area colleges visit our campus each fall to meet with students to distribute relevant information about their school and answer questions.  This typically takes place during Advisory.  Students can register for up to 3 info sessions at this link and will receive a pass the morning of the visit to excuse them from class.  This is a great opportunity to start researching colleges of interest and is open to all ZHS students.

Junior Year Planning Checklist

Juniors/Junior Parents: Please utilize this junior year planning checklist for information pertaining to your junior year.  It is very important that you complete the junior survey that is embedded in the checklist in order to inform your counselor if you would like to schedule an individual meeting to discuss grad requirements, post-high school planning, or any questions you have.

Counseling Team

Kim Petroelje
East Counselor (A-F)
Anna Wicks
East Counselor (G-Kl)
Lara DeWitt
East Counselor (Kn-M)
Melissa Drnek
East Counselor (N-Z)
MaryBeth Timmer
East Registrar
Jason Maynard
West Counselor (A-Hn)
Lauren Driesenga
West Counselor (Ho-Q)
Dawn Collins
West Counselor (R-Z)
Donna Lyles
West Registrar
Todd Kamstra
Student Success Coordinator