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Jill Reuschel (last names A-E) Phone Icon 423-581-1600 ext. 1012 Email Icon Email
  Gwen Ledford (Dept. Head) (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:  Gwen Ledford - Department Chairperson, Melanie Justis, Jill Reuschel, Renae Byrd and Crystal Davidson- 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 1:462.

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

Gwen Ledford   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.  


East Tennessee State University

The Roan Scholars Leadership Program is East Tennessee State University’s most prestigious, full-tuition scholarship. If you are applying to ETSU and desire to be a nominee for the Roan Scholars Program, you must submit a resume and a brief, one page essay addressing your educational goals and your desire to attend ETSU. Resumes/Essays must be returned to the Counseling Office by September 21, 2018. Nominees should demonstrate character, intellectual curiosity, physical vigor and leadership.  Mr. Kinsler will identify West High scholarship candidates based on resume/essay.  School level nominees will be required to complete an application through the link below before the final deadline in October.


QuestBridge National College Match connects high-achieving, lower income high school seniors with admission and full four-year scholarships to 35 of the nation's best colleges. To qualify you must be able to demonstrate academic excellence and come from a household earning less than $60,000 annually for a typical family of four. The application can be accessed online and must be submitted by September 27, 2018.


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