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Plainville High School Counseling Department Hosts First Ever College Fair

The Plainville High School Counseling Department held its first college fair on October 21. More than 100 colleges, universities and organizations were represented with booths and information for students set up in the school’s gymnasium. Sophomores, juniors and seniors rotated through the gymnasium armed with questions for higher education representatives in attendance. Sophomores Heilen Rivas and Danielle Angelillo found the college fair to be helpful in planning for after high school. "This is a great way to meet one on one with colleges to talk about their programs, without waiting until senior year," said Rivas. "The fair gives us the chance to get more information about possible college choices and it's great to have so many colleges here to visit,"added Angelillo.

Over 100 colleges and universities attended the college fair as part of the Capital Region High School Consortium. Representatives from the United States Army, Army National Guard, Marine Corps., Bristol Technical High School and Learning Programs International also participated in the event.

Higher education representatives were extremely positive about their participation in the college fair at Plainville High School. "This is the 17th college fair that I and many other members of the Consortium have attended this week. Plainville High School students were by far, the most respectful, welcoming, and well prepared. The event was very well organized, from the student helpers who greeted us as we arrived, to the faculty, students, counseling department representatives and administrators who did an exceptional job in hosting the college fair," said Dr. Michael Ferry, Vice President for Student Development at LIM College in New York. Jessica Morales, Admissions Counselor at Iona College said she would welcome the opportunity to return to Plainville High School for subsequent college fairs. "The students were extremely respectful and responsible.They had excellent questions and were very well prepared â€" it says so much about this school community!"

The school's Counseling Department hopes to make the college fair an annual event. "I am very happy with how the college fair worked out. For our first effort, the School Counseling team did a great job, and I am extremely proud of our students.The college representatives consistently described them as prepared, well behaved and respectful. The students represented Plainville High School, the Plainville community and their families very nicely. This is a good step toward expanding college awareness for our students," said Plainville High School Counselor Aldo Vallera.

"I was very pleased that we were able to host our first college fair. The School Counseling Department did a very nice job of putting this together. Our collective goal for students is to raise expectations and open doors to a better future. For many students, college will be the path to achieve their future goals. We have outstanding students graduating from PHS, and they deserve the best possible options available to them," commented Plainville High School Principal, Steven LePage.

The college fair was also supported by a number of local businesses that donated refreshments and supplies for the event including Gnazzo's, Mangiafico's Pastry Shoppe, First and Last Tavern, Big Y, J. Timothy’s, Ace Paper Company and Tonio's Pizza.

-Posted on November 3, 2011 at 03:34 PM

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