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Students Dig Into College Culture During College Week

Kaylynn Merriweather, Reporter

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Poinciana High School administrators, teachers and students spent the last five days for the academic event, College Week, an event that allows students to engage in games, visit college campuses through virtual reality tours and attend a college fair.

College Week is an integral part of the district’s push for every student to graduate with post-secondary plans. Other events are scheduled throughout the school year, however College Week sets the stage.

College and Career Counselor Anthony Cook organized this week’s activities.

“The main goal is for students to start thinking about what happens after high school,” Cook said.

One of main events of College Week, College Knowledge Night, was held on Tuesday after school in the media center. Counselors were present to help students and parents fill out financial aid paperwork and answer any burning questions.

To bring awareness to College Week, Poinciana’s dance team The Royal Diamonds and the cheerleading team performed various routines to students during lunch.

On Thursday, students flooded Cook’s office, where he administered 25 virtual reality goggles that enabled students and teachers to tour the college of their choice without ever stepping foot off campus.

The virtual reality glasses gave access to universities such as Columbia University, Harvard, Florida Atlantic University, University of Southern California, Florida State University, and many more.

Senior De’Aireus Starke took a college tour and visited the University of Maryland.

“The tour was really good,” Starke said. “I got to see parts of the college and even though I don’t plan on going there, it was still cool to look around.”

College Week culminated in Friday’s fair, featuring 67 different colleges. Each station was manned by AVID students, whom had extensive information to feed curious students.

The fair was set up in the lunchroom during both lunch periods.

“I have a very specific career choice in mind,” Senior Bridgit Nail said. “I got to look at what was offered to me, the different programs I can choose, and at the same time talk to an expert.”

“It was super fun, and I’d like to do it again.”

College Week has become a staple at Poinciana, arming students with more reassurance and confidence in their futures.

“The overall feedback was positive from the students,” Cook said. “They all felt that the events and activities provided was very helpful and engaging.”

“I can confidently say that the main goal was reached.”

The following photos were taken by Aramis E. Khodaverdi.

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