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James Clemens upperclassmen set sights on future at College Fair

Representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities answered questions and relieved students' and parents' anxiety at the 2014 James Clemens College Fair. (CONTRIBUTED)
Representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities answered questions and relieved students’ and parents’ anxiety at the 2014 James Clemens College Fair. (CONTRIBUTED)

MADISON – The College Fair at James Clemens High School helped college-bound students and their families discover and double-check the steps to enter a four-year campus.

Representatives from more than 30 colleges and universities participated this year. “We are excited that our college fair continues to grow each year,” counselor (Class of 2018) Lana Meskunas said.

The fair was organized as a come-and-go affair for all students and parents, which was a follow-up event to Senior Night that was held at James Clemens in September. “We also invited Bob Jones students, as well,” Meskunas said.

The visitors assisting the collegiate-minded students included college admissions officers and recruiters, military recruiters, university alumni and tutoring companies.

Students had specific questions about deadlines for entrance applications and types of scholarships that the institutions offered. “They also asked about what the college or university specialized in for majors, about those that offered study-abroad programs, dorm life and ways to get involved on campus,” Meskunas said.

Especially on the parents’ minds, scholarship deadlines presented plenty of discussion. “Financial aid, tuition, room and board expenses, security and retention rates for the college or university” were types of questions from parents, Meskunas said.

James Clemens senior Yasanka Chalasani said he was able to ask what colleges are really looking for in an applicant. “Duke University values extra-curricular activities, and Yasanka was able to connect with college admissions counselors for updated information about his college applications,” she said.

Meskunas was pleased with the results of the college fair in its “more intimate setting for students and parents to get the information they needed.”

Counselors Rosalyn Smith and Heather Porter and assistant principal Kelli Nichols also assisted in organizing the fair. “Our outstanding custodial crew provided assistance setting up,” Meskunas said. She also acknowledged Walmart on U.S. 72 for donating sandwich and vegetable trays.

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