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College Application Week at Porter Ridge High School
This Fall Porter Ridge High School participated in North Carolina College Application Week. North Carolina College Application Week is a statewide program that gives high school seniors the ability to apply to participating universities for free. This year 31 private NC universities and 3 public universities participated by waiving their application fee.
Porter Ridge students benefitted from College Application week in a variety of ways. Waived application fees meant huge college savings for participating students. Some application fees can top $100! Scholarship money is also readily available during College Application Week aiding in further savings.
Students that applied during College Application week also had a chance to win donated prom tickets, yearbooks, gas cards, and other gift cards. The following students were winners: Aaliyah Martin, Selina Tesfai, Alyssa Fort, Mildred Martinez, Zach Cranford, Hector Aguilera, Jillian Lieberman, Allison Howell, Glendon Callender, Cody Padilla, Joseph Romaine.
Guidance Counselor Jonathan Williams, who organized the prize giveaways, commented, "It was exciting to see the buzz created by College Application Week this year. There was a significant increase in student involvement and teacher support. Several students have already received scholarship offers from schools they applied to druing this week. It was a BIG success!"
Participating teachers also had the chance to get in on the action. Teachers were given the opportunity to decorate their classroom doors in honor of College Application Week. Guidance Counselor Liz Hilton stated that “Participating teachers and classes did a great job decorating their doors.” Door displays consisted of college logos, mascots, and other decor. John Arnett’s 3rd period Enlish IV class won the door contest.
Written by: Anthony Lott, 12th grade student
Posted: Dec 08, 2014 by Regina Snelson