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TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA Fifty students attended the first ever Cherokee College Prep Institute, held at the Sequoyah Schools' campus June 17- 22. Working with university representatives from across the nation, students analyzed, prepared and completed college applications, identified scholarship opportunities and explored schools of interest.
Trent Brown, Senior at Fort Gibson High School, and Shelby Spradling,
Senior at Vinita High School, Research their Schools of Interest.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity for our Cherokee students,”
said Principal Chief Bill John Baker.
“The energy they have dedicated to their college search is beyond admirable and it is inspiring to see them working so diligently toward achieving their goals. We are looking forward to seeing the great things that they will accomplish.”
The curriculum was developed by the Cherokee Nation Foundation in cooperation with College Horizons, the US Department of Education and the Princeton Review. The interactive sessions focused on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management.
“I have my heart set on attending an out of state school, and while I have always been taught that anything is possible, this week showed me what steps to take to make that dream a reality,”
said Joshua Essary, Stillwell high school student.
“I had the opportunity to meet one on one with representatives to finalize my essay, not many students have that kind of advantage. ”
Last Thursday, the students traveled to visit the University of Tulsa. Student ambassadors gave an informative presentation followed by a campus tour.
“For some of our students this was the first time they had ever stepped foot on a college campus,”
said Kimberlie Gilliland, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation.
“They toured everything from the library to the fitness center and even the freshmen dorms. The student guides gave a real insight to what student life is like at the university.”
A ceremony was held Friday afternoon to congratulate students on their success. The Cherokee College Prep Institute staff distributed achievement awards and thanked everyone for their hard work.
“So many people contributed to this program's success and we are so thankful for the opportunity to help our youth succeed, ”
“The students gave their all, and we are so proud of everything they have accomplished.”
posted June 28, 2012 7:30 am edt