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*LIC Update
* Middle School Organization
* High School Student-Athletes: Activities Portfolio
* ACT/SAT Final 2017 Dates
* NC College Scholarships

Educate. Elevate. Graduate!

On the Road with LIC

LIC team members Nick and Karen hit the road in September and landed at River Bend High School in Fredericksburg, VA at the Big Time Hoops Circuit Challenge. They joined Christian Gray of Get Me Recruited to present the workshops Middle School Challenge and Do’s and Don’ts of Social Media to 200 parents and middle/high school basketball players. The parents appreciated hearing about the importance of maintaining good grades, the pitfalls of recruiting, and how they can help their student-athletes succeed.

Closer to home, Nick and Karen presented Do You Have What it Takes? to the parents of the best 9th grade boys and girls basketball players as part of Get Me Recruited’s Southeast All Freshman Invitational on Oct. 14th at Knightdale High School in North Carolina.

Would you like to have an LIC representative speak to your group? Please contact Joy for more information: 919/424-6304 or

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Middle School: O Stands for Organization

The newness of "back-to-school" has worn off, and your student-athlete is settling into the school routine. No doubt you have had more than one conversation about lost assignments, messy rooms, and misplaced athletic equipment, and it’s only October!

The next time you bring up the “O” word, instead of preaching and getting negative results, compliment your student-athlete on the organizational skills they show during practice and game day. Explain that their coach has a “system” that demands organizational skills to accomplish the goal of winning, and encourage your teen to carry over the same discipline they use to follow the coach’s system in sports to other areas of their daily life.


High School: Create Your Activities Portfolio

Does your student-athlete have years of playing under their belt? Is college athletics in future view? The earlier your student starts assembling an activities portfolio, the easier recruiting, college recommendations, applications, and scholarships will be to manage.

High school is the time to start listing your student-athlete’s participation in extra-curricular activities, both athletic and non-athletic. Be sure to include sports, clubs, scouting, charity campaigns, community service, and school fundraisers in your lists. Add awards, trophies, and leadership roles, and collect photos, videos, and audio recordings of your child participating in their various activities.

Next, catalog and date each activity, then gather all items associated with each one. Place your lists in an expandable file along with all related items so you can access everything quickly and easily.

Your student-athlete and you will enjoy working on this together, and they will be happy to have an activities portfolio to turn to the first time a coach says, “Tell me something about yourself.”


Testing Corner

These are the last testing dates in 2017 for ACT, SAT, and SAT Subject Tests


Testing Date: December 9

Picture Upload: December 1, 2017

Registration deadline is November 3; Late registration is November 4-17 (late fee)

SAT/ SAT Subject Tests

-Check your college to see if SAT subject tests are required-

Testing Date: December 2, 2017

Registration deadline is November 2; Late online registration is November 21, 2017 (late fee)

ATTENTION SENIORS: This is the last date for SAT subject tests until May 5, 2018

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Show Me the (Scholarship) Money!!

If your student-athlete has a 3.0 GPA or above, it is wise to review academic as well as athletic scholarships. Most athletic scholarships are a one-year contract, while academic scholarships are often renewable if the student maintains the required grade point average. Visit the following college websites for details on requirements for full-ride or full-tuition scholarships:

Appalachian State University
Catawba College
Davidson College
Duke University
East Carolina University
Elizabeth City State University
Elon University
Gardner-Webb University
Lees-McRae College
Meredith College
North Carolina A&T
North Carolina Central
Queens University
Salem College
UNC Chapel Hill
UNC Charlotte
UNC Wilmington
Wake Forest

LIC Tip: The FAFSA is officially open. Financial aid and most scholarships are processed through this form. Conmplete yours at


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