Students Get Spirited for College Week

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Be The Change (BTC) held their annual College Week from October 8-12. After about three weeks of preparation, the school campus was decorated in all things relating to college.

The week began with some treats for the senior class during nutrition in the CCC. Students received cookies provided by the CCC. But, the surprising thing that had students most excited was a visit from therapy dogs.

“I felt so happy while I was petting the dog, even though it was during nutrition, so it was only a few minutes, it took my mind off of everything that was stressing me out,” senior Maddy Bohannon said.

Monday also was the first day of the door decorating contest. All fifth periods got the opportunity to decorate the doors of their teachers inspired by the college in which they attended. Walking around extravagantly decorated doors definitely put students in the college mood.

On Tuesday, students across campus were decked out in college sweatshirts and t-shirts. Teachers also wore their college gear and participated in a West v. East tug-o-war during nutrition. Despite some teachers landing in the mud, the West Coast came out victorious.

Wednesday was by far the busiest day of College Week. Freshmen attended a motivational seminar presented by DJ Fuller of FLOURISH Academic Empowerment Coaching.

“I realized just how important your school and responsibilities are,” freshman Eleni Delucie said.

Seniors also attended a seminar Wednesday morning. In the middle of application season, this assembly focused on how best to complete one’s application for any college.

While this meeting was mandatory, senior students still wanted to attend because of the advice and opportunities the assembly offered.

“[By attending,]you’re automatically entered into a raffle, and six winners are drawn and three will get their college apps read by college admissions [people], and three will get their common app read by common app specialists,” BTC Commissioner of Activities Joseph Darcy-Alden said.

Senior Chris Tarakji was one of these raffle winners and has high expectations for the reviewer of his personal statement.

“In a system that is already really confusing, it’s nice to know that I’ll have insight that can steer me in the right direction,” Tarakji said.

College Knowledge Trivia proved Sea Kings’ college smarts, or lack thereof. Also, the winner of the door decorating contest, math teacher Laura Palosaari’s fifth period, was announced and was awarded with pizza for the class.

As the week came to an end, Darcy-Alden hoped the activities put Sea Kings in the college spirit and inspired seniors to continue working through the application season.

College Week won’t be back until next year, but students can only expect more opportunities throughout the rest of the year to help them prepare for their futures.

Students pose beside a college week art project. (Photo by McKinley Pieper)

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Students Get Spirited for College Week