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High School Counseling Services


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Carlissa Baker

9th and 10th Grade Counselor Carlissa Baker graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Sociology. She continued her education at Langston University on an academic scholarship and earned a Master of Science Degree in Rehabilitation Counseling.

Ms. Baker began her career in the mental health field in 2007.She worked as a substance abuse counselor, therapist, and a professor of social sciences. She is an advocate for individuals in the department of corrections and spends her time providing resources and support to help those individuals regain their independence. Ms. Baker is a well-rounded individual that shows commitment for causes greater than herself.


Lorie McNeal

11th and 12th Grade Gudiance Counselor Lori McNeal graduated from Jefferson High School in 1987 and went into the Air Force right after high school and was trained in Security Forces. Ms. McNeal’s first duty station was at McGuire AFB in New Jersey. After the military she was married and started a family. Both of her boys still live in Independence with her three grandchildren. When her boys were in middle school, she decided to go to college to earn the degree that she had always envisioned as an elementary student and that was to be a teacher.

Ms. McNeal received her Bachelor of Science Degree from the Upper Iowa University in Fayette, Iowa in Secondary Education with emphasis in American History, Psychology and Sociology as well as endorsement in Middle Level Education. She then received a Master Degree in Educational Psychology, Professional Teaching, and endorsement in School Counseling from the University of Northern Iowa.

After receiving her degree, she worked in Residential Facilities to work with teenage boys and girls that had gotten into trouble with the law, to help with Behavior Modification and Management.




October 1 - TUFTS University - Virtual during Senior Advisory
October 4 - Drury University - In person and Army National Guard - In Person during Senior Capstone
October 5 - Notre Dame - Virtual during Senior Advisory
October 8 - ROTC Air Guard - In Person during Senior Advisory
October 11 - OU - In Person during Senior Capstone
October 12 - Tulsa University - In Person during Senior Advisory
October 19 - Rick Fernandez from OCCF will be here to help answer questions about scholarships
October 21 - US Air Force - In Person during Senior Capstone
October 25 - Seniors will have CPR Training during Senior Capstone
October 28 - NROTC/MROTC - In Person during Senior Capstone and SWCU In Person during Senior Capstone






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 Tips for Scholarships Success & Specialized Specific Scholarships

There are many scholarship opportunities available for your student. lists scholarships by monthly deadline. The Oklahoma City Community Foundation has scholarships available at Some OCCF scholarships are designated for HCP students. All seniors should have an account with the Community Foundation. FastWeb and Big Futures are other sources. Take advantage of these opportunities to ensure an easy transition into college! 

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Tips for Scholarships Success

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