CHS National Honor Society hosts first College Connection

NHS members include Natalie Evans (front, from left), Sierra Thompson, Maxee Alexander, and Kassidy Hannah; Jamie Brace (back, from left), Abbie Hollihan, Kristy Sturgill, Alex Culp, Matt Hutchins, Riley Jensen, and Sarah LaValley.

While Kermit the Frog may have been looking for the rainbow connection, Claremore students recently found a college connection at an event hosted by the school’s National Honor Society.

The NHS-hosted College Connection event hosted representatives from Rogers State University, the University of Arkansas, and Oklahoma State University.

Along with these were students in the President’s Leadership Class at Rogers State, and marketing consultant Kristy Sturgill, who advised students about minimizing college debt.

“These special guests led the workshops and allowed our students to obtain the information they need to get accepted and pay for a post secondary education,” said Jamie Brace, NHS advisor and CHS School to Work director.  

In addition to the special guests, during the event, high school juniors and seniors participated in hands-on information sessions pertaining to the college admission process, scholarships, and interview ethics. Students were able to ask questions, interact with peers, go through an interview and get online to apply or search for scholarships during the event.

“I’ve had two children graduate from CHS and felt the school was excellent at disseminating information but wanted to find a way to partner with the counseling department to help students follow through, build their resumes, and create essays to make them more competitive in the process,” Brace said. “Kristy (Sturgill) was instrumental in creating this vision, when my daughter and I attended a workshop she hosted four years ago. Now, our NHS team has decided this program would be a perfect addition to emphasize the national scholarship tenants.”

Natalie Evans, scholarship coordinator for Claremore’s National Honor Society, shared this vision and passion and took the primary facilitator role for the event.

“I know as a senior that I find this information extremely useful. I even have friends from college that wish they would have had access to this hands-on approach to college acceptance.” Evans said.

Workshops were held two evenings and aided more than 75 students and parents.

In addition to these sessions, CHS will be hosting a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) specialist on the first Wednesday every month.

“There will be a morning and afternoon session parents can sign-up to attend and receive one-on-one assistance,” according to Debbie Grace, CHS senior counselor. “The sessions will be held in a computer lab so bring your 2016 tax information and you will leave the session with your FAFSA filed.”

Interested parties may call (918) 923-4211 x3008 or email dgrace@claremore.k12.ok.us to sign up or ask questions about the FAFSA workshops.

The FAFSA is required for all students entering college

and opened Oct. 1 for students entering college in the Fall of 2018.

“Kristy (Sturgill) advised the students to start applying for scholarships as soon as possible — today, even,” Brace said. “She told them not to procrastinate because they’re busy, because they will always be busy.”

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