Guidance News

The Norwin High School Counseling Office is excited to welcome a few new faces to our office. With the retirements of Ms. Cheryll Elder and Mrs. Mary Beth Marazza, we are thrilled to introduce to you Ms. Jennifer Fiegel who will be the new secretary in the counseling office. We are also excited to introduce to you Ms. Devon Fiore who will be the counselor assigned to students with the last names L-R. 
UPMC Sports Medicine High School Athletic Training/Sports Medicine Workshop
Registration for the bi-annual UPMC Sports Medicine program, Introduction to Athletic Training: An Interactive Workshop for High School Students. The winter workshop is offered to high school students who are interested in a career in athletic training/sports medicine or who wish to enhance the skills they use daily while working under the direction of a certified athletic trainer at your school.The program exposes students to key topics through lecture and hands-on practice of techniques and procedures. 
The workshop is being held on Saturday, January 7, from 8:00 am – 4:00 pm at the Lemieux Sports Complex, 8000 Cranberry Springs Drive, Cranberry Township, PA 16066. The fee for the workshop is $40 and covers educational materials, supplies, continental breakfast, and lunch.   Registration information is included in the flyer below and must be completed in advance online.


Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences


The Pennsylvania Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University is now accepting applications from talented high school juniors for the summer 2023 program. 


PGSS is an intensive, five-week summer residential program that emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research for high school juniors pursuing careers in science and mathematics. 


With the support of Governor Tom Wolf, the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the Legislature, Educational Partners, Carnegie Mellon University and PGSS alumni, the program offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM). The goal of the program is to encourage Pennsylvania’s youth to pursue careers in STEM-related fields. 


Accepted applicants will receive a full scholarship to the program. Costs are underwritten through matching funds provided by PGSS Campaign, Inc. the school's alumni, Carnegie Mellon University, parents, and corporations. Awarded scholarships will cover the costs of housing, meals, and all instructional materials. Families are responsible for transportation to and from the university, personal items, and spending money. Students must commit to living on campus at Carnegie Mellon University throughout the duration of the program. 


Details – Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences 


July 2, 2023 – August 5, 2023


Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA 

Who May Apply:

The program is open to high school juniors at time of application who attend a public, nonpublic, or private school or are homeschooled. 

Deadline to Apply:

Completed applications must be submitted via the website per instructions no later than January 31, 2023. Applications submitted after this date and time will be disqualified. For additional information about the program and to complete an application, visit

PHEAA Webinars
Learn About Education Loans - Which Loan is Right for Me?

I’ve found the schools I’d like to attend and after filing the FAFSA®, State Grant Form, scholarships and researching higher education costs and calculating the funding gap, I see that education loans are a necessity but where do I go from here? What loan programs are available? What are the advantages and disadvantage of the various types? Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for a 1-hour webinar to review the different borrowing options and examine the details associated with each option. Linda and Dan will answer your questions as you sort out the information and make decisions that are right for you and your family.

  • Tuesday, October 4 at 12:00 PM
  • Tuesday, October 27 at 6:30 PM

Two Step Approach to Post-Secondary Bliss

Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PHEAA for this fun and informative webinar. Learn how to use online tools to plan for financial success as you seek a postsecondary education. This webinar also emphasizes best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), covers the primary methods of keeping school-related debt to a minimum, reminds families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and touches on private education loans as a last resort. 

  • Tuesday, October 18 at 6:30 PM
Understanding the Offer Letter and Balances
The offer letter, or financing plans, that you receive provides an idea of the costs associated with attending postsecondary education. This can be confusing as each school formats their information differently. Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray of PA Forward from PHEAA, in this 1-hour webinar to understand and navigate through the types of aid that are listed, what you are being offered and identify the balances and next steps needed so you can make knowledgeable and affordable decisions. Q&A interaction is encouraged.
  • Thursday, November 3 at 12:00 PM
  • Thursday, November 17 at 6:30 PM
Covering the Gap: Pieces of the Puzzle to Help Pay Your Education Bill
Understanding education balances can be confusing. If you’re trying to address the costs or beginning to plan for higher education, this review is for you. Join PHEAA representatives Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray for a 1-hour webinar that will emphasize best practices (such as seeking grants and scholarships first), remind families about additional resources (such as payment plans), and review private education loans as a last resort in the process of covering the gap and keeping balances affordable. The discussion will include the basics of credit, what factors impact a credit score, how can a credit score be improved, and the effects on your borrowing capability.
  • Tuesday, November 15 at 6:30 PM
  • Tuesday, November 22 at 12:00 PM

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