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Eastern Shore College Night Draws Record Crowd to Chesapeake College
Tuesday, November 21, 2006
WYE MILLS Eastern Shore College Night, which matched college admissions representatives from across the country with local high school students seeking college information, drew more than 2,500 people to Chesapeake College on Nov. 14.
Chesapeake College and the public schools superintendents from Caroline, Dorchester, Kent, Queen Anne´s and Talbot counties co-sponsored the annual event. It attracted admissions representatives from 172 colleges, universities, trade and specialty schools along with representatives of the armed forces. They spent the evening talking to high school students and their parents from all five Upper Shore counties.
"Our goal is to put our local high school students in contact with as many prospective colleges as possible," said Dr. Stuart M. Bounds, Chesapeake College´s president. "We want students to make informed college choices. The fact that this is a regional event supported by Chesapeake College and all five county school systems encourages admissions representatives to put this event on their recruitment calendar."
Kent County High School student Jordan Calloway of Galena was typical of the students going from table to table.
The 11th grader´s mother, Sue Calloway, said that she is a veteran of Chesapeake´s College Night.
"I brought our daughter to College Night in the past, so I knew it would also be good for my son," Mrs. Calloway said. "We also have a sports banquet to attend tonight, but we made the drive down here anyway. It´s worth the trip because there are so many representatives here."
The younger Calloway is interested in elementary education and was looking into education programs at various schools. A runner at Kent County High School, Calloway said he would also like to participate in track at college.
He and his mother had a lengthy conversation with Ginnia Higgins, a representative of Goucher College.
"I´ve spoken to many younger students at this fair. Some of them are only in 10th grade, but they are planning early," Higgins said.
Chesapeake College Student Katy North of Easton said she attended the fair because she is planning to earn a bachelor´s degree.
"It´s not so big that it´s overwhelming, but there is an excellent variety of schools represented here," said North who plans to transfer to a four-year college next fall to pursue a bachelor´s degree in criminal justice. "I´m getting to the point where I need to pinpoint where I´d like to go next, this event is helping me narrow the choices."
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