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Jill Reuschel (last names A-E) Phone Icon 423-581-1600 ext. 1012 Email Icon Email
  Erica Gillett (last names F-L) Phone Icon 423-581-1600 ext. 1011 Email Icon Email

Counseling Office

Morristown Hamblen High School West Counseling Office 

The West High Counseling Office is staffed with four licensed School Counselors and one secretary:  Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel, Renae Byrd, Erica Gillett and Aimee Howerton- secretary.  The Counseling Department seeks to assist students with academic, career, and personal/social development.  These areas of development are addressed through curriculum resources, individual planning, responsive services, and program support.

The Counseling Department also coordinates and/or assists with a variety of tasks vital to the total school program such as:  registration, scheduling, testing, Safe and Drug-free activities, Open House, workshops, orientations, and career programs.

West High Counselors will track the following students during their four years in high school.  The counselor/student ratio average is 1:396.

Starting Aug. 24, 2017:  The counseling office will hold late hours on the 2nd and 4th Thursday of every month.  Counselors will be available until 6 pm.


Jill Reuschel   A-E

Erica Gillett   F-L

Renae Byrd    M-R

Melanie Justis    S-Z


Scholarships are listed in order of receipt in the Counseling Office.  The list of scholarships below is not an exhaustive list. The scholarships listed are primarily those sent to the office from local families and businesses who support our students in their desire to attend college and by Tennessee colleges and universities.  Please review general scholarship search websites such as those listed below to review further offerings.  You can obtain further scholarship information from the college you plan to attend.  




College and Career Search Websites

The following websites are good ones for exploring colleges, majors, and careers:

Big Future

College for TN

College Navigator

College Scoreboard

Occupational Outlook Handbook

eCampus Tours


CareerOneStop (also has sample resumes)

Occupational Outlook Handbook


Summer Internship Application Now Open

The online 2019 Summer Internship application is now open for juniors and seniors. The summer internship is a six- to eight-week paid experience with a local business or industry in a career field related to the student's area of study or interest.


Most internships are paid $10.00 per hour and work between 20-40 hours for six to eight weeks in the summer. The program begins in early June. Most businesses are flexible with a summer vacation if planned in advance. Students are supervised during the internship by one of our Work Based Learning supervisors who checks in on students and communicates with the business to make sure all is going well. Students are required to create a portfolio during the experience and take part in a presentation at the end of the internship.


Hamblen County offers programs of study in 13 of the 16 state recognized career clusters. Efforts are made to find internships in as many career fields as possible, including advanced manufacturing, health science, machining, electrical, information technology, accounting, marketing, and other related jobs.


The application deadline is January 31, 2019. Approximately 50 students will be selected to work in a variety of career clusters. Preference will be given to CTE (career technical education) concentrators, but all students will be considered.


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