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School Counselor

School counselors work to maximize student success, promoting access and equity for all students.  As vital members of the school team, school counselors create a school culture of success for all.  

School Counselors help all students:

  • apply academic achievement strategies
  • manage emotions and apply interpersonal skills
  • plan for postsecondary options (higher education, military, work force)

*Source: American School Counselor Association

Please contact us if you have a concern for yourself or someone else.

Mental Health Resources

Resources if you have an immediate mental health concern for yourself or someone else at any time:

Let’s Talk Line: 218-288-2100

Text Line: Text MN to 741741

If you are concerned about an immediate crisis during the school day contact the school counselor at 218-365-6166 ext. 1748.  If you cannot reach the school counselor, call the Memorial office at 218-365-6166 ext. 1792.  You can also fill out this short form and we will reach out to you:


The school counselor can help with short term mental health crises in school.  Long term mental health concerns in and out of school should be addressed and taken very seriously.    

We are fortunate to have many resources available:

Range Mental Health Center

RMHC services students and adults in our area.


RMHC has a therapist and two mental health practitioners in our school building and are also available for services outside of school. Here is a description of their ADAPT program:


RMHC’s ADAPT Program provides community and school-based mental health services in 30+ school districts within St. Louis County, Lake County, Koochiching County, and Carleton County. 

Primary prevention and intervention efforts focus on early childhood, elementary, and secondary age youth. ADAPT works collaboratively with other agencies to assist children and families with special needs, provide year round prevention and intervention services, and provide mental health services to individual youth, groups, and families.

Intended outcomes for children and families:

  • Reduce negative feelings and behaviors

  • Improve skills through verbal, recreational, and experiential education

  • Develop anger management, coping, and techniques to develop independent living skills

  • Improve behavioral, social, and emotional competencies

  • Improve school connectedness resulting in academic improvements and success

ADAPT services include but are not limited to:

  • Coordination of services between home, school and other agencies

  • Special Education/Mental Health

  • Suicide Prevention/Intervention

  • Grief Counseling

  • Case Management

  • Family In-home Services

  • Diagnostic Assessments

  • Crisis Intervention

  • Teacher & Parent Consultation

  • Individual Skills & Therapy

  • Group Skills & Therapy

  • Family Skills & Therapy

  • Classroom Presentations

  • School Year and Summer Services

  • Outdoor Experiential Services

  • Emergency Services


Contact the school counselor if you would like to pursue RMHC services.


Ely Essentia Health Clinic

Our local clinic can provide and find mental health services.



Ely Community Care Team

This organization can find help for all ages.

College and Career Counseling

Memorial High School educates students and parents to make informed decisions for post high school plans.  We meet with students throughout high school.  Parents and students can contact the school counselor at any time for guidance.


Minnesota Career Information System

Every student is provided with an account beginning in 9th grade.  We revisit their accounts in class periodically.  Students can take surveys that match them with potential compatible careers.  They can research every aspect of individual careers and all information can be saved so that they can revisit the information later.  Students can research colleges, training, financial aid, and scholarships.


Local Scholarships

Our community annually awards over $80,000 in scholarships to Memorial high school graduates each year.  Students are given information and walked through the application process in January.


Regional Scholarships

Some of our students have been awarded scholarships from these organizations:


Marshall H. and Nellie Alworth Scholarship


Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation Scholarship


Lake Country Power Les Beach Memorial Scholarship


National Scholarships


College Foundation Scholarships

Each college provides their own scholarships.  Make sure to apply through each school.


Financial Aid

Parents and students should make sure to complete their FAFSA applications in order to qualify for scholarships and aid.  Here is some information.

Use the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) form to apply for financial aid for college! 

Official FAFSA Website 

FAFSA FAQ (provided by GA Futures) 

Video Tutorials (provided by the U.S. Department of Education)