Mrs. Cook

Mrs. Teresa Wilhelm-Cook, School Counselor

Mrs. Cook 
Welcome to the School Counseling department of Turkeyfoot Valley Area School District.
I am the School Counselor for Pre-K through 12th grade. I have been employed at Turkeyfoot since 2001. I began as the Music Teacher/Music Director. I graduated from Frostburg State in 1982 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education.  In 2008, I again graduated from Frostburg State University with a Master of Science Degree in Education in School Counseling. 
At that time I became the Elementary School Counselor, in addition to my duties as the Music Teacher/Music Director. 
In 2014, I took over the duties as the School Counselor for the entire School District.
I live in Meyersdale, where I grew up,  with my husband and family.  I have two grown children, and three grandchildren.
I love the atmosphere of the small school here at Turkeyfoot.  It is like that of a family.
I want the best for all the students and strive to make that happen to the best of my ability.

Do you have seniors who are looking for additional college opportunities? Do you have seniors who are still waiting to receive their first offer of admission? With Greenlight Match, your students are a quick, 20-minute profile away from acceptances and scholarships.

We have one Greenlight Match deadline remaining--- March 31--- and we’d love to see your students participate. Students who participate in our March 31 round will start receiving college offers in early April. All they need is your invitation.

Greenlight Match results so far this year have exceeded expectations, bringing 6+ college offers per student on average and nearly $800 million in scholarship offers since September. 

Please reply to this email and let me know if you’d like to have students participate in Greenlight Match. We will follow up with resources and schedule a platform demo. Please let me know any questions---and please share with your colleagues who have students who can also benefit.








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The Mercy College Business Honors Program conducts a week-long Summer Program for Rising Seniors in July.


Students who come to the SLA live on campus and explore potential careers in business.  More information about the program is enclosed - and also here: Summer Leadership Academy | Mercy College


Juniors can apply with this link: SLA Application 2023


Please email me if you have any questions.

We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Warm regards,

Leadership Academy Team


Now accepting applications for the 2023 High School Scholarship Competition.
PSCA will award ONE $1000 scholarship!
Applications accepted through Deadline is April 1,2023
  • Participants should be high school seniors planning to pursue a post-secondary education.
  • Please submit a one (1) page essay of no more than 500 words (single spaced, double spaced between paragraphs) on a School Counselor who has made a difference in your academic, career and/or social-emotional development.
  • The School Counselor you are writing about must be a certified School Counselor, employed as such in Pennsylvania.
  • ALL Essays must be submitted electronically.

To assist with efforts preparing your students and their families for college this year, below are a few articles from our SoFi Learn website that we hope you will find useful:
  College Planning Guide for High School Students  
  The Differences Between Grants, Scholarships, and Loans  
  What Is the Student Aid Index (SAI)?

Students can apply FREE to PennWest University – California – Clarion - Edinboro in February

We are making it easy for your seniors and transfer students to apply to PennWest University during the month of February by waiving all application fees. Please let your students know that they can apply through or free of charge through Feb. 28th.


Each PennWest campus – California, Clarion and Edinboro – is hosting Pick PennWest events (Admitted Student Days) this spring. Encourage your admitted students to join us for the day to meet faculty, spend time with current students, and learn more about enrolling at PennWest.

Each of our campuses will be hosting Pick PennWest days on the following dates:

·         Saturday, Feb. 25, 2023

·         Saturday, March 25, 2023

·         Monday, April 10, 2023 (will be added as an option after the Feb. 25th event)

·         Students can register to attend at



Dear High School Students, Family Members, and School Counselors,

We are pleased to announce that representatives for the United States Military Academy at West Point, U.S. Naval Academy, U.S. Air Force Academy, U.S. Coast Guard Academy, and the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy will be hosting two Military Service Academy Nights for students interested in attending one of our nation’s Service Academies. The programs will include presentations from Academy Liaison Officers and a detailed explanation of the Congressional nomination process. Service Academy Liaisons will also be available to answer questions from Academy Night attendees. As students begin to consider and work towards the possibility of attending an academy, these events are intended to assist in their overall preparedness. This years’ Service Academy Nights will take place on: 1. WHEN: Thursday, March 2, 2023, beginning at 6:00 PM. WHERE: Somerset Area Jr-Sr High School, 645 S. Columbia Avenue, Somerset, PA 15501 (Sr. High Auditorium).
 DID YOU KNOW: Over the years thousands of students and parents from across Pennsylvania have attended these Military Service Academy events and benefited from the information provided. The demand for this information is high due in part to the competitive nature of the nomination and appointment process. Nominations to the Service Academies are made by the President, Vice President, or a Member of Congress. There are five Service Academies: The United States Air Force Academy (USAFA), The United States Naval Academy (USNA), The United States Military Academy (USMA), The United States Merchant Marine Academy (USMMA), and The United States Coast Guard Academy (USGA). Nominations are required for all but The U.S. Coast Guard Academy, to which appointments are made based on an annual nationwide competition. The desire of these young men and women of Pennsylvania to serve our nation is truly admirable, and we hope that this event provides them the information and tools they need to be successful applicants to our Service Academies. We hope you can join us on Thursday, March 2, 2023, at 6:00 - 8:00PM in Somerset.

Sincerely, BG Robert “Hank” Sembower Jr. (R-PA) PA Co-coordinator - USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] Bruce Apgar CDR USN (RET) Senior Naval Science Instructor  BG William D. Colvin (R-PA) PA Co-coordinator USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] Charles “Chuck” Schrankel Deputy, Western PA - USMA West Point Field Force Email: [email protected] 

Additional Information: The following summer programs offer excellent opportunities for high school students to immerse themselves into the academic, military, and social life of a West Point cadet or Naval midshipman. These programs give you a taste of the character, determination, commitment to excellence, and leadership required to be a cadet or midshipman. 1. USMA – West Point, Summer Leadership Experience (SLE). Application window opens February 1, 2023. Two sessions: Session 1: June 3-9, 2023, and Session 2: June 10-16, 2023. 2. US Naval Academy Summer Seminar Program – Application window opened January 4, 2023. Three sessions: Session 1: June 3-8, 2023, Session 2: June 10-15, 2023, and Session 3: June 18-23. The following leadership, civic, and business-oriented programs provide high school students opportunities to participate in group activities while also expanding their individual skillsets needed to advance and excel in their careers. 3. Keystone Boys State (KBS) – will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA from Sunday, June 18 to Saturday, June 24, 2023. 4. Keystone Girls State (KGS) – will be held at will be held at Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA from June 18, 2023, through June 23, 2023. 5. Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) – will be held at Lycoming College, PA and Pennsylvania College of Technology both located in Williamsport, PA. Event dates are: a. Week 1 – July 2 - 7, 2023 b. Week 2 – July 9 - 14, 2023 c. Week 3 – July 23 - 28, 2023 d. Week 4 - July 30 - August 4

ATTENTION:  Financial Planning and Scholarship Information!

Below are the upcoming PHEAA February webinars.  Please share as you see fit and/or join us.  This month’s topics can be useful to any age or stage a family may be in when considering higher education.  We look forward to ‘seeing’ you!

Advanced Planning for Financing Higher Education    Tuesday 2/7/23 @ Noon;   Tuesday 2/21/23 @ 6:30pm

The thought of Higher Education costs can be overwhelming; however, planning and identifying what you can do to help lessen those costs is an important step.  It’s never too early or too late to start understanding what those costs are and what is available to help maintain, plan and help you make affordable decisions.  Join Dan Wray and Linda Pacewicz of PHEAA’s PA Forward Private Student Loan Program in a one-hour webinar to begin that process and become prepared.


Searching for Scholarships and Affording the Balance  Thursday 2/9/23 @ Noon;  Thursday 2/23/23 @ 6:30pm

There are many ways to pay for education, and one important step is to search and apply for Scholarships. More free money equals less borrowing.  This presentation will review the types of options available, along with tips on applying.  It will also offer samples of fun scholarship options to get you started.  We’ll then review what to do about the balances that might be left over in order to make affordable higher education decisions.  Join Linda Pacewicz and Daniel Wray from Pennsylvania Higher Education Assistance Agency (PHEAA ) for an hour of detailed information on this topic.


Register here


Information for College Financial Planning:
Saving for Your Child’s Education: 529 College Savings Plans -



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