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An AVID student poses at the booth that she contributed to, sponsoring Chico State.

By Alexander Pilliard, age 18

Foothill High School Student

On one of the final days before Foothill students were let out for Spring Break, they got a little surprise; a college fair. Some students were simply directed to the highly-decorated and somewhat crowded gym first thing in the morning without any prior knowledge about the event. Most were delighted with what they saw.

18 different college presentations were displayed and ran by 67 AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) students. Students of all grade levels piled into the gym to listen to the knowledgeable students that led various booths. Each booth advertised a certain college, with three or more students there to answer questions and make suggestions.

20130320_college_fair_mendoza_c 287“Ask them hard questions,” said english teacher LeeAnn Rupley. “It’s what they’re here for.” The students at each booth had indeed turned themselves into mini experts on their selected college. They were full of information concerning the price of attending their college, student loans, dorm spaces, most popular majors, and more.

The students working the tables were well motivated, since there was a voting process in which the most popular booth was rewarded. With just a cell phone, anyone could vote for the booth which they believed was most informative and interesting. Though every booth was good, the popular vote ultimately went to CSU Los Angeles.

“I want to thank all the teachers and staff who supported our 1st AVID College Fair,” said AVID advisor Cheri Mendoza. “The AVID students really enjoyed showing off their college expertise to their fellow classmates and teachers.  Next year, we plan to add even more schools, career technical training, and community colleges.”

All in all, students and teachers alike considered the fair very successful and fun. No one left without knowing at least a little bit more about the best colleges in California.

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