Over 250 students poured into Chalmette High School’s cafeteria last week to meet admission and recruitment officers from nearly 30 different colleges at Chalmette High School’s College Night. With over $7.5 million dollars in scholarships awarded to CHS seniors last spring, nights like College Night are very important to students, their families, and the school.
Assistant Principal Kelli Watson said the night was geared to helping upperclassman and their parents answer questions about the admission and financial aid process.
“College and scholarship application deadlines are quickly approaching,” Watson said. “This is the time of year that many of our students begin to take a hard look at their options, and College Night is a really great way for them to begin to do that.”
Upperclassmen were also joined by stand-out Freshmen Sarah Borne, Grace Bartholomae, and Jesuit Lafuente.
Bartholomae, who was last year’s parish-wide 8th grade student of the year, said her teachers are emphasizing the importance of getting a head start.
Lafuente agreed. “Coming here is an opportunity to get a glimpse of my future and what it is going to take to be successful.”
CHS alum also returned to help recruit students. Jena Alfonso, Class of 2011 and a 2015 graduate of Southeastern, currently works as a recruiter at Nunez Community College. Also lending her time and experience to the event was Jada Green from the Class of 2013, a senior at Dillard University.
Green works part-time in Dillard’s financial aid office and was excited to return to her alma mater.
“Coming back to CHS is incredibly powerful,” she said. “It reminds me of where I came from and where I am now. I remember my college night – it was such an important night and really helped me make the decision to apply and eventually attend Dillard University.”