Students speak with college representatives during the CFES College Day event at Crown Point Central School May 9.
Students at Crown Point Central School had the chance to look into the future Friday, May 9.
The school, in conjunction with the Essex-based College For Every Student, hosted a College Day celebration at the school with several local colleges on hand to enjoy a day of games, events, music and fun - a key word according to CFES staffer Andrea McDonald.
“One of the college people came up to me and said this was the best college day they had been to because it was fun,” McDonald said. “That gives the students the chance to equate college with fun and become more aware of these schools.”
McDonald said the event was a good outreach for the universities as well as the students.
“It can be hard to get to these schools with the cost of transportation and other restraints,” McDonald said.
Crown Point CFES Advisor Shane Thelen said the event was organized and put on by the members of the leadership team, made up of students.
“The whole thing with CFES is developing good leaders to do things on their own,” Thelen said. “When it is time to do it, they do it.”
Eleven of the students making up the leadership team were pleased with the message the event gave to students.
“It took quite a bit of organization and meetings working on what we were going to do,” junior Jake Mildon said. “We wanted to give everyone the chance to be informed about college and help them make choices earlier.”
“I think it is a great idea to get the chance to explore colleges and learn about the pathways to get there,” freshman Mackenzie Bertsche said.
“Having all of the booths set up in the gym helps kids know about what these colleges have to offer,” freshman Cassandra Crossman said.
“I think its essential in helping kids get an earlier start thinking about college,” freshman John-Roch Sears said.
It’s a good chance for all of the students to spend time together outside of the classroom and learn about colleges and career opportunities,” said junior Kara Hunsdon.
“It shows people options, and it was good to have things like Zumba (with Kye Turner) and Ashley (Sofia, singer) here,” sophomore Noah LaPointe said.
“It really lets kids see the colleges they may not have thought about before,” sophomore Makky Coleman said.
“It is cool that CFES takes time to get these colleges to come to our school and show us the opportunities that we have close to home,” senior James Blanchard said.
“It is a cool event and we got 10 colleges to come and a lot of events for the students,” senior Sam LaPointe said.
“A lot of work went into this and it is something that opens up doors for the students and gives them a goal,” sophomore Erick DuShane said.
“It’s a great opportunity to get names out to the colleges and get information back from them,” senior Amanda Wolf said. “It’s a great chance to learn about the college process.”