On October 29th, the Clarkston WSU GEAR UP program hosted its 5th annual Family College Planning Forum at Clarkston High School. The evening was a fantastic opportunity for students and their families to receive firsthand information from college recruiters and admission counselors.
Clarkston WSU GEAR UP kicked off the event with a complimentary pizza dinner in the school’s cafeteria, which coincided with the opening of the college fair. In the library, an AVID parent meeting was held to keep parents up-to-date with their students’ progress as well as upcoming AVID activities. It was also an opportunity for freshman and sophomore AVID students to get a glimpse into what AVID has in store for them for the next few years.
At 6:00 PM, all attendees gathered in the school’s auditorium for a motivating welcome by keynote speaker, Houston Kraft. Houston delivered a presentation as well as a leadership workshop at Clarkston High School earlier in the day. At the forum, he inspired students and their families to embrace the transition to post-secondary education and the new chapter of an individual’s life.
Eleven separate informational breakout sessions followed the keynote speaker. A variety of topics were covered including financial aid, college 101, admissions, athletic scholarships, a student panel, and more. Attendees chose whether to attend a workshop or visit with recruiters at the college fair.
Several lucky students won prizes from Lewis Clark Credit Union, who served as a co-sponsor to this year’s event. One student won a Samsung tablet and others won t-shirts. Lewis Clark Credit Union also provided financial literacy information to families and sponsored the closing reception refreshments.
Over 225 students and parents attended the event, which was the largest turnout on record. Clarkston High School Administration and local GEAR UP staff have been overwhelmed with positive feedback.