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CHS Hosts Annual College Night

Over 200 students attended the annual Chalmette High School College Night for an opportunity to learn more about the many aspects of college life.  CHS junior class counselor Penny Tinnerella organizes the event annually and said 35 colleges, trade schools, and tech schools were on site to meet with students and parents.

“The event was very successful with a large professional as well as student turn out,” Tinnerella said. “ Students were able to meet with the colleges of their choice and ask the important real world questions including campus life, class sizes, dorm life, community involvement as well as tuition and financial aid questions.”

Junior Emily Stout said the experience was interesting and informative as she begins to make some decisions about life after high school.

“I felt like it was a great way to explore many different schools at one time,” Stout said. “I was glad to learn about the programs and opportunities each one offers.”

Tinnerella said the night is also an important one for parents to speak with college representatives and to learn how to help guide their children into the next phase of their education.

“Parents were able to ask the questions they had concerning other things like safety of campus and community,” Tinnerella said. “Both students and parents seemed to walk away well informed and were given or put in contact with the resources they needed.”

In addition to College Night, another resource being offered to seniors and their parents is FAFSA nights, where school staff is available to help with the process of completing the required Free Application for Federal Student Aid.  The next night is scheduled for November 12.