More than 1,900 high school juniors and seniors attended the 19th annual Charles County Public Schools Sept. 21 at North Point High School.
Representatives from 140 colleges and universities — including those of 13 Historically Black Colleges and Universities — highlighted what their schools have to offer, dropping in some interesting facts.
Tuskegee University, home of the Tuskegee Airmen, has a working airstrip for students to learn how to fly; Garrett College in McHenry offers an associate’s degree in adventure sports management that includes taking part in kayaking, rock climbing and mountain biking; and Rutgers University in New Jersey, the birthplace of college football, hosted President Barack Obama as its 2016 commencement speaker.
Attending the fair during the school day gave students a chance to hear about schools they were unfamiliar with.
“You can learn more about schools and by talking with people,” said Kennedy Stephens, a junior at St. Charles High School. Stephens, who is interested in studying psychology, is leaning toward attending the University of Maryland, College Park, like her older sister. “I don’t want to go too far from home and it’s a good school.”
Ahmad Mubarak is a senior at North Point and wants to study nursing in college. “I want to know where I’m going and not running around, making a last minute choice,” he said.
After the day session, the fair was open for parents and community members from 6 to 8 p.m., with more than 1,500 parents and students attending. During the evening session, two financial aid presentations were led by Christian Zimmerman, director of financial aid for the College of Southern Maryland. Del. Edith J. Patterson also visited the later session, presenting legislative scholarship information to parents and students. Additional financial aid workshops are being held at schools next month.
Upcoming financial aid presentations
The school system will hold financial aid presentations in October at each of the seven high schools. Parents and students can attend any session, regardless of the school attended.
The financial aid presentations are:
- Henry E. Lackey High School at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19;
- La Plata High School at 6 p.m. Oct. 18;
- Maurice J. McDonough High School at 6 p.m. Oct. 3;
- North Point High School at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 5;
- Charles High School at 7 p.m. Oct. 4;
- Thomas Stone High School at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 12; and
- Westlake High School at 6 p.m. Oct. 12.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.