The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

November 15, 2012

Local high school seniors help their peers prepare for college

By Sarah Plummer
Register-Herald Reporter

— Senior high school students from across southern West Virginia helped their peers plan for higher education Tuesday.

College Summit held a Peer Leader Academy at New River Community and Technical College in Ghent with more than 100 high school seniors from Fayette, Raleigh, McDowell, Mingo, Webster and Wyoming counties in attendance.

During the Peer Leader Academy, students learned how to implement activities in their schools, fostering a culture of higher-education goers. Students also got tips on what to ask on a college visit and how to coach their peers to set goals.

College Summit Peer Leaders return to their home schools and mentor younger students and encourage them to plan for higher education.

“Peer Leaders are the foot soldiers fostering college-going cultures in their high schools,” Jon Charles, executive eirector of College Summit said. “They support fellow seniors in finalizing their college lists, as well as improving and submitting college applications.”

Alisha Carte, senior and Peer Leader from Valley High School in Fayette County, shared what she learned: “There are a lot more things to do with a college tour than just walking through and sitting in on a class. There are questions to ask admissions representatives and no question is wrong. Letting go, although hard, is always needed to blossom and prosper into the future.”

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