College Week begins

By Zurie Pope - Smoke Signals staff writer

PIQUA — Dozens of speakers, recruiters and more from universities and military bases across the Midwest have flocked to Piqua High School in preparation for College Week, which began Oct. 1.

Bowling Green, Urbana, and Ohio State are some of the names that are making appearances this week along with a splattering of recruiters from all branches of the U.S. military. Although only juniors and seniors will be able to participate, they will be able to choose up to five colleges they are interested in and listen to speakers with a vast knowledge in their chosen fields.

The diversity in both career options and colleges will be on full display. “Well there is a component of two year and four year universities, presentations on apprenticeship for students who don’t want to go to college, and presentations on scholarships and finance for those who already know where they are going, as well as military recruiters,” Beth Rosenkranz, the counselor who is planning the event, said.

Fortunately, the presentations will be long enough for any questions the students may have. “They will have 40 minutes in each period to ask the presenters questions and gain information,” said Rosenkranz.

And who better to ask about this program than Rosenkranz? She began it nearly eight years ago, and it has been a part of the PHS educational curriculum ever since, with 25 of the visiting colleges over the years being from our state. When asked what the ultimate goal of this program is, with utmost certainty, she said, “So students can research colleges and gain information on colleges and careers they are interested in attending.”

By Zurie Pope

Smoke Signals staff writer