MERRILLVILLE | Students at Merrillville High School celebrate College Go Week this week.
Guidance Counselor Greg Geimer has planned several activities to encourage students to learn more about attending college.
Each morning before school, Geimer plays a college fight song over the public address system, and the student who correctly guesses the song or is wearing the college’s logo will be entered into a drawing for a variety of college gear.
“This is a simple, fun way to interact with our students before the school day starts and to build interest in college,” Geimer said.
To kick off the week, Jeana Nier, Admission’s Counselor from IUN, brought several student ambassadors to the school October 14 to answer questions about college expectations.
Classroom teachers also play a role.
Chris Richardson is one of many teachers throughout the building who will present college-related lesson plans this week.
Students in Richardson’s Economics class research college costs and take that information to project their own personal financing and budgeting.
“The usual reaction to seeing the inflow and outflow of cash is eye-opening for them,” Richardson said. “They learn how much things cost when they are not living at home.”
English teacher Kristina Musielak has students write persuasive essays on the advantages and disadvantages of attending college.
Later in the week, more than 50 colleges, trade unions and military recruiters will be available during the annual college and career fair to discuss post high school opportunities with students and their families. The fair takes place October 17 in the freshman cafeteria from 6:30 to 8 p.m.
“Each MHS student who attends the college fair has an opportunity to win a TV,” Geimer noted.
The Guidance Department also encourages students to participate in the College Completion Challenge.
The challenge encourages students to graduate from high school with a Core 40 diploma, visit college campuses and apply to at least one Indiana college as a senior. After exploring career interests at LearnMoreIndiana.org/Careers, students are entered into a drawing to win cash for college and prizes from the Indianapolis Colts.
“We could get a visit from Colts players,” Geimer noted, “if we have enough students enter.”
Throughout the week, counselors for sophomores, juniors and seniors will be on hand during lunch hours to provide information about the SAT, the ACT, applications and scholarships. Juniors and seniors can also sign up for E-transcripts during the week.
On Wednesday, all sophomores and juniors will take the Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test. The State of Indiana pays for all sophomores to take the test, and the Merrillville Community School Corporation pays for the juniors to take the test.
Freshmen get into the act too. Grade 9 counselors will show Powerpoint presentations featuring college trivia during lunch periods.