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Eastern Shore College Night draws 2,300 to Chesapeake College

Posted on Monday, November 22, 2004


Eastern Shore College Night, which matched college admissions representatives from across the country with local high school students seeking college information, drew more than 2,300 people to Chesapeake College Tuesday night.

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 154 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."

Crystal Anderson, an admissions counselor from Old Dominion University (Virginia), said the activity she saw at her table made her trip worthwhile.

"This is a my second year at Chesapeake’s event and we’ve been busy both times. The students tonight are focused and have come prepared with good questions," Anderson said. "I’ve met motivated students and very nice families during both of my sessions here at Chesapeake."

Easton High School student Martha Sarfaty of Easton was typical of the students going from table to table.

"I came here specifically to get information from the University of Maryland, College Park," said Martha. "I’d like to major in special education, so I’m also checking into programs at other schools."

The 11th grader’s father, Dave Sarfaty, said the event also gave him a chance to prepare for financing his daughter’s college education.

"This milestone is coming along a little faster than we thought it would years ago. I’m picking up all the financial information I can tonight," Mr. Sarfaty said. A Queen Anne’s County High School senior, Wendy Stevens, wants to study nursing "but I’m not sure where I’ll be going. I’m using tonight to check out several schools."


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