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MiLEAP celebrates school counselors for their key role in unlocking more educational opportunities for students

In celebration of National School Counseling Week, the Michigan Department of Lifelong Education, Advancement, and Potential (MiLEAP) encourages all Michiganders to honor the unique contributions school counselors make in helping students achieve educational success — especially their work helping students explore career pathways, pursue a skill certificate or degree and complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

In recognition of the national commemoration, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer proclaimed Feb. 5-9, 2024, as School Counseling Week in Michigan.

“Every student deserves to be surrounded by trusted adults who are helping them thrive today and plan their future. Thank you to each and every school counselor across our state who has committed their careers to creating a brighter future for kids,” said MiLEAP Acting Director Michelle Richard. “Here at MiLEAP, we are especially grateful for the role school counselors play in helping students plan for the future and making college an affordable option for all students. ”

Completing the new and improved FAFSA is the first step students and families should take right now to receive grants, scholarships and other financial aid that can significantly lower the cost of earning a skills certificate, associate degree or bachelor’s degree. The new, revised FAFSA now takes most people less than an hour to complete.

In Michigan, FAFSA completion is also the first step to receiving the Michigan Achievement Scholarship, which provides eligible students up to $27,500 for college.

The new scholarship is available to students who earn a diploma, certificate of completion or high school equivalency certificate in 2023 or after. It provides renewable scholarships for up to $8,250 over three years at a community or tribal college, up to $27,500 over five years at a four-year public college or university or up to $20,000 over five years at a private college or university.

The newly created MiLEAP Office of Higher Education administers the Michigan Achievement Scholarship. Richard has made it a priority for her department to increase awareness and overcome the misconception that eligibility is limited to families with lower incomes. She said school counselors often play a pivotal role in spreading that message and facilitating FAFSA completion.

“We appreciate the hard work of Michigan’s school counselors as they strive to ensure all students complete the FASFA to unlock the financial opportunities they need to achieve their educational dreams,” Richard said. “When it comes to educational and career planning, school counselors are an important source of information and partner for students and families.”

National School Counseling Week is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association. There are an estimated 7,000 school counselors in Michigan.

Students and families can complete the FAFSA by visiting


Local High School Schedule & Scores

CSAA Basketball (Boys)


 District 35 Championship @Manistee

  Ludington @ Reed City - 7:00pm

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 District 35 Tournament @Manistee

  Hart 42 @ Reed City 57

    -> Game broadcasting on Big Country 100.9

  Manistee 38 @ Ludington 67

 District 36 Tournament @Gladwin

  Chip Hills 38 @ Clare 50

 District 41 Tournament @Fremont

  Newaygo 61 @ Grant 57

 District 74 Tournament @Hesperia

  Ravenna 50 @ White Cloud 53


CSAA Basketball (Girls)

2/26/24 - 7:00pm

Tri County @ Montabella

2/27/24 - 7:00pm

 CSAA Tournament

  Grant @ Kent City

  Reed City @ Morley Stanwood

  Chip Hills @ White Cloud

2/29/24 - 7:00pm

Tri County @ White Cloud


Big Rapids Ice Hockey (12-12-1)

MHSAA Regional 21: 2/24/24

Big Rapids#4 4 @ E Grand Rapids#1 5 (OT)

CSAA Basketball Standings

CSAA - Boys

  1. Reed City 18-3 (10-0)
  2. White Cloud 16-5 (8-2)
  3. Big Rapids   15-6 (8-2)
  4. Grant   13-6 (8-2)
  5. Newaygo 13-8 (6-4)
  6. Central Montcalm 8-12 (4-6)
  7. Kent City 7-14 (4-6)
  8. Tri County 6-15 (3-7)
  9. Chip Hills 5-16 (3-7)
  10. Morley Stanwood 2-17 (1-9)
  11. Lakeview 5-16 (0-10)

CSAA - Girls

  1. Morley Stanwood 15-3 (8-1)
  2. Grant 13-4 (8-1)
  3. Kent City 15-4 (7-2)
  4. Reed City 11-8 (7-2)
  5. Big Rapids 10-8 (6-3)
  6. Lakeview 10-9 (4-5)
  7. Central Montcalm 8-11 (4-5)
  8. Newaygo 10-9 (3-6)
  9. White Cloud 7-13 (2-8)
  10. Tri County 3-14 (1-8)
  11. Chip Hills 1-18 (0-9)

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