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Frontier High School seniors participate in Application Day

NEW MATAMORAS – The Frontier High School Guidance office recently hosted the school’s first-ever Application Day event, giving seniors the opportunity to complete whatever steps necessary to prepare for life after graduation.

“I applied to West Liberty, Kent State, and West Virginia University of Parkersburg. It gave me a running start on my FAFSA and also the Common Application,” said senior Kyle Daugherty. “I think that College Application Day was a valuable idea because it got others to get ahead on college stuff and not wait till the last minute to do so. If you were stumped on anything, there was always someone there to help you and guide you through the process.”

Classmate Shyli O’Brien agreed.

“I loved the College App Day at Frontier High School! I received the best help, guidance, and support,” said O’Brien, a senior in the Patient Health Care program at Washington County Career Center. “I feel more comfortable about my decisions and my future. I was very lucky to be able to attend.”

Stations in the school’s Media Center included both online and paper applications for a variety of institutions and workforce training programs (including the Washington County Career Center’s Adult Technical Tranining as well as the Marietta Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Council); websites for the FAFSA, ACT registration, Ohio Means Jobs, ASVAB, scholarships, and other helpful resources. Several students worked on completing the Common App, which is used by more than 800 colleges across the country, or applied to a variety of institutions individually including Washington State Community College, Marietta College, Muskingum University, Hocking College, Ohio University, West Virginia University Parkersburg, Ohio Valley University, West Virginia Northern Community College, the University of Rio Grande, and Kent State University. Guidance Counselor Holly Cunningham organized the event, and was assisted by high school teachers as well as community members and representatives from both Washington State Community College and West Virginia University Parkersburg.

The event was well-received by seniors and their families.

“It was a fun experience and it was a great way to bring all the seniors from the Career Center, College and Frontier together,” said Emily Beaver. “All the different stations made it easy to sign up for the FAFSA, ACT or to apply for different colleges.”

Her mother was glad Beaver and her peers had the experience.

“It took some of the unknown scary part and definitely made it easier,” Katie Beaver explained. “It added a little excitement and more confidence in themselves that they can do this.”

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