By Sam Funk, Stuttgart HS Student
STUTTGART | November 2, 2016
The annual Stuttgart High School College Fair happened on Friday, September 30th. The grand event featured colleges from all over the world! SHS students attended the event; excited to learn more about the numerous college opportunities offered! The event kicked off at 5:30 pm and nearly 500 SHS college ready students rushing into the school ready to meet college representatives and learn more about the schools. In total there were 69 colleges; 42 American college representatives or college alumni; 19 European universities; ten scholarship programs; and, eight virtual (online live) colleges! Every college had excellent information to entice the young minds of students into a possible future at their college!
School Liaison Officer for Stuttgart High, Mr. Joe Holder, was responsible for making the event a success. Why do we have college fair in the first place, why can’t students just do college research on their own? Mr. Holder answered that question and put to doubt any reason not to. “It's about giving high school students and their parents the opportunity to talk to colleges about their degree programs since we live overseas and are unable to speak to them. This also gives them the chance to see colleges they would not normally think about.
I also asked him about his opinion on college fair.” Mr. Holder explained that the fair gives “students and parents access to a wide range of colleges from the U.S. and Europe which is normally not available. Division 1, and Division 3 schools from the U.S. were represented. College representatives discussed programs, tuition, and what to expect in their college experience once they graduate from high school. There is a college somewhere that is perfect for each student. The Stuttgart High School Hybrid College Fair gives students the opportunity to explore their options."
Mr. Joe Holder was also generous and gave students the chance to win gift cards if they met a certain amount of colleges and talked to them! The winners received between $50 to $200 gift cards. Congrats to all of them and I hope they spend their money wisely!