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Stories Added - February 2009
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Latexo High School Holds College Day
Houston County Courier - February 2009
By Sharron Randall
Thursday, Feb. 12, Latexo High School hosted some 15 colleges and universities, plus military recruiters. The College Day event was arranged and scheduled by high school counselor John Reynolds for seniors, juniors, sophomores and freshmen.
In a 40-minute time frame for each class, delegates from various campuses and military branches informed students about financial aid, scholarship applications, services, special programs, curriculum, tuition costs, housing and degree plans.
Navy, Air Force, Marines, and Army recruiters portrayed their particular military branch either in dress attire or camouflage. Pamphlets and brochures stating "U.S. Army; Army strong," "Navy: Start out ahead of the rest. End up the best in the world," "Once a Marine, Always a Marine," and "Air Force: Service Before Self," decked the tables along with bags, lanyards, key chains, pencils and pens and other freebies for interested students.
Upon entering the former Wilcox Community Center, now the Latexo Community Center located next to the high school, students were greeted by a table strewn with oversized fake coins and the question, "Do you need money for college." Also available was a worksheet entitled "How to apply for financial aid," plus information on how to apply online for scholarships.
And then all along the perimeter of the room, tables displayed brochures, pamphlets, pens, posters and placards, and other free souvenirs, which touted the specialty and uniqueness of their corresponding institution.
Spokespersons from the following colleges and universities were available to answer inquiries from the students attending: Angelina College, Lufkin; East Texas Baptist University, Marshall; Jacksonville College and Lon Morris, both of Jacksonville; Sam Houston State University, Huntsville; Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station; Trinity Valley Community College, Palestine-Athens-Kaufman-Terrell; Texas State Technical College, Waco; and Stephen F. Austin University, Nacogdoches.
A continental breakfast was provided for the more than 20 presenters from 8:30-9 a.m. and a Mexican lunch/brunch break of quesadillas was served from 11-11:30 a.m. by Reynolds's wife Margaret and her friend Karen Rice.
According to Reynolds, this was the first time Latexo ISD has initiated a college day event to this extent. With the encouragement of High School Principal Pam Ainsworth and LISD Superintendent Dr. Roy Tucker, plans for continuing an annual College Day for Latexo High School are developing.