White County High School seniors making plans for the future
by Kim Swindell Wood | October 31, 2016 6:36 am
College App Week at White County High School
College App Week took place at White County High School, Oct. 3-6, 2016. During this time, school counselors, the Academic/Career Coach, Senior Capstone teachers, and representatives from Motlow State Community College assisted the seniors as they completed the TN Promise Scholarship application and an application for admission to a post-secondary institution. As a result of this effort, of the 274 seniors, 95 percent successfully completed the TN Promise application, and 89 percent completed an application to a post-secondary institution. School representatives also anticipate future commitments, as some students were undecided on their choice of school, and others are considering the military as the next step.
Throughout the week, 16 post-secondary institutions and military branches were on campus during lunch to speak to all students, but especially the juniors and seniors as they begin planning their futures. Those seniors who completed a college application were rewarded with a golden ticket. This ticket granted admission to the Commitment Celebration Luncheon, on Oct. 7, 2016, during their regular scheduled lunch time at the WCHS pavilion. The celebration allowed the students to enjoy food that was partially funded by the TnACHE-SEED grant. Also during this time, Jennifer Murphy, senior counselor, informed the students of their next steps, which included preparations for completing the FAFSA, (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Once the students returned from the fall break, FAFSA Frenzy Week began
FAFSA Frenzy Week at White County High School
FAFSA Frenzy Week took place at White County High School, Oct. 18-21. The FAFSA is the Free Application for Federal Student Aid that every student has to complete in order to receive financial aid to attend any post-secondary institution after completing high school. This application is very involved and can be somewhat intimidating as students and parents begin the process. So with this in mind, school counselors, the Academic/Career Coach, Senior Capstone teachers, and representatives from TTU, Motlow State Community College, EdSouth Student Services, and TCAT- Livingston were on hand to assist the seniors as they began the process. Also helping out were Craig Lynn and Dr. Larry Thompson. Although the students may not have completely finished the application, there is much less for the parents to do on their own.
In addition to this week, there was a FAFSA Workshop evening session held at WCHS, on Oct. 27, 2016. During this time, there were WCHS personnel on hand to assist with the completion of the FAFSA, along with representatives from TCAT Livingston and Crossville, TTU, Motlow State Community College, and Vol-State. Nathan Aaron, the Advise TN advisor, will continue to assist the seniors at school as needed to ensure that the application is completed by the state deadline.
White County High School Seniors attend the Upper Cumberland College Fair at TTU
On Oct. 25, 2016, 90 White County High School seniors and five chaperones attended a college fair at the Hyder-Burks Pavilion, in Cookeville, which was hosted by Tennessee Tech. There were approximately 60 different colleges, universities, and military branches present to talk to the students. Throughout the day, many Upper Cumberland high school seniors attended this event.