On September 24, Washington & Lee High School held its annual Senior Kick Off for the Class of 2020 students and parents. Featuring numerous speakers, the event is designed to inform students and families of the numerous scholarships and other information that students need to be successful.
After the welcome, Mrs. Melissa Benavidez, GEAR UP Regional Manager, gave all the seniors the great news about the GEAR UP scholarship being available to all eligible W&L seniors. Seniors, who have not yet signed a contract, need to get the contract back to the school to be eligible for the scholarship valued at up to $5,000. Ms. Long, GEAR UP director, reminded the families of all the tools that GEAR UP has to assist their students with improving grades and getting tutoring assistance. Washington & Lee High School counselors presented “You Are a Senior” to the group. They covered all the requirements for graduation, what to expect for the senior year, and other topics needed for being a senior. Mr. Savoy, CTE director, spoke about what lies ahead in the future. He told parents about tools, such as Major Clarity, that aid in career choices and how students can find a college choice to match their interests. College Advisor, Ms. Izurieta, explained her role to students. She encouraged them to contact her with career advice and help with FAFSA. Mrs. Kenyear of RCC spoke on the expanding workforce development opportunities available at RCC and Ms. Seymour told the audience about the GRASP program. Marine Sgt. Gourvea spoke about the various careers available in the military. Additionally, Sgt. Brown of the U.S. Army was available to also speak to parents.
Parents and students laughed when asked by Ms. Eddings is they were now in information overload. Interested parents and students stayed for more pizza and treats and met with the speakers for further answers. A fun raffle was held at the end of the program.
W&L counselor Patricia Eddings and CTE director Justin Savoy answered
student and parent questions after the presentations at Senior Kick Off.