School Counselor


Attention all Senior Families! The FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application portal opens on Oct. 1. All Seniors in Illinois are required to fill out the FAFSA. This does not obligate you to take any loans or commit to any particular institution. In an attempt to help families with the process, Highland has provided a presentation to assist families in navigating the application and it can be found at the following link:

I am available to answer questions and help with applications and we also have Kathy Bangasser at Highland that is available. She can help with the basic questions and is very helpful with more complex questions. She can be reached

SAT Oct. 14

On Oct. 14, the Senior class will be taking a makeup SAT. This is free of charge and all Seniors should take the test. We will be meeting at the school and leaving for St. John's Church promptly at 8AM. Students will test at the church and following the conclusion of testing, will be dismissed for the day. Remote learners will need to test in person as there is no online option for the SAT.

Hello everyone! I just returned to school after taking time off to be with my newborn son. I am very excited to be back with you all and as we move forward, we will be doing our normal activities such as senior meetings, SAT testing, and College/Scholarship applications.

Bella Kostallari and Kayla Runkle received scholarships from My Friend's Closet Thrift Store, a mission of St. John's Lutheran Church in Lena.

Upperclassman Scholarship
This year's Upperclassman Scholarship is now available. Please download an application through the attachment below. A P.O. Box for mailing the application for submission. Good luck!!!!
2020 updated PCEF Upperclassman Scholarship App,.pdf

Hello everyone. I hope you are all staying safe and occupied. Over the coming days, I will be posting the Pearl City Course Guide here on my page. I will also be sending emails to students that have not met with me for scheduling. We were able to meet with some students prior to closing but not with everyone. In these emails, I will be listing the courses that are required or recommended by staff and then a list of possible options for your student and a I may make suggestions as well. Take the time to look things over and respond to me with the direction you would like to go in. This process may be a little slower than normal bit I also see positive ways to engage in conversations as we move forward. All of the requested schedules are just that. We will make the Master Schedule once requests have been submitted and if something your student requested does not fit due to the Master Schedule, we will go through this process again. I appreciate all of your help and your patience as we move forward with scheduling for next school year!

2020 PCEF Multi-Use Scholarship Application
The Pearl City Education Foundation has released their multi-use scholarship for this year's senior class. All Seniors are encouraged to apply. This application will qualify students for multiple scholarships with one application.
2019 updated Multiuse Scholarship App., (1)1.5.20.pdf

Highland College Fair
There will be a College Fair at Highland Community College in the YMCA this Thursday from 9AM-11AM. This is an excellent opportunity to research schools on a day off for students. There will be more than 45 schools in attendance.

FAFSA Application Portal Open
Just a friendly reminder, the FAFSA application portal will open on October 1. It is recommended that families file as early as possible in order to be eligable for the most funds possible. If you are in need of assistance, please contact me at or at 815-443-2715. 

2019 Graduates awarded $11,500 in Scholarships

The Pearl City Education Foundation awarded $11,500 to 13 seniors from the 2019 graduating class at Pearl City High School. The 17 scholarships ranged from $250 - $2500.
The recipients included (Front Row): Amber Roach, Riley Wright, Liana Rosenstiel, Mackenzie Endress, Isabel Pena, Lauren Strock, Ashley Strock (Back Row): Jaydon Kempel, Brooke Haas, Addison Keltner, Zach Lieb, Andrew Lorig, Elizabeth Dixon.

New Graduation Requirement for the 2019-2020 school year. 
The Board of Education has approved adding volunteer hours to our graduation requirement. Attached is a letter from Dr. Mandrell explaining the process.  I have attached the form that students need to complete and turn into me when they have completed hours. 
If you have any questions, please contact Dr. Mandrell or myself.

2019 Harlan Rigney Scholarship: Available in counseling office 

Upperclassman Scholarship.pdf

2018 Lions Club "Anonymous Donor" Scholarship 

Dylin Ditsworth has been awarded $3,000 from an "anonymous donor" sponsored by the Pearl City Lions Club.  The Lions Club selects the recipient based on criteria created by the donor to include a student who has the potential to excel with the proper direction. Congratulations! 





Brent Barklow, Taylor Brudi, Peyton Brudi, Abigayle Endress, Kalli Kaney, Hayden Keltner, Danielle Lee, Michaela Lee, Clayton Lieb, Kendra Melville, Macayla Pilson, Madison Pitts, Elizabeth Strock, Kerry Strock, Drew Strohecker, Kalli Visel & Bronte Wright


2019 Upperclassman Scholarships

22 Recipients, $12,000. Total awarded.
PCEF Congratulates you! 
Burgundy Barklow, Jaryd Breece, Peyton Brudi, Taylor Brudi, Shayna Drake, Abigayle Endress, Gwen Heimerdinger, Kalli Kaney, Hayden Keltner, Clayton Lieb, Nathan Lot, Kendra Melville, Kayla Niehaus, Macayla Pilson, Madison Pitts, Randy Potter, Elizabeth Strock, Kerry Strock, Delanie Strohecker, Margaret Tessendorf, Bronte Wright, Jazmin Wingert.


Pearl City FFA  Receives a Grant from Monsanto 

Pearl City, IL (4/9/19) – County farmer Ryan Keltner directed $2,500 to Pearl City High Schools FFA through America’s Farmers Grow Communities, sponsored by the Bayer Fund. As part of their mission FFA will use the funds to purchase supplies for the greenhouse the FFA will be receiving this summer.” said,  Dr. Kelly Mandrell, Pearl City High School, Junior/Senior High School Principal.

Celebrating its 10th year, America’s Farmers Grow Communities partners with farmers to support nonprofit organizations strengthening rural communities. The program offers farmers the chance to direct a $2,500 donation to a nonprofit of their choice. It has awarded more than $33 million to over 8,000 nonprofits across rural America.

“A better life is Bayer’s goal. Farmers are invested in their communities, they root for their neighbors, and they know when and where there is a need,” said Al Mitchell, Vice President Corporate Engagement, Bayer. “Farmers are one of America’s best resources, which is why Grow Communities partners with them to direct donations to the organizations they are passionate about and that make a positive impact and a better life in communities.

The FFA and the Pearl City School District would like to "thank" Mr. Keltner and the entire  community for their continued support to the District. 


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