LHS Counseling Department to host college planning overview

— The Liverpool High School Counseling Department, with the help of the LHS Parent-Teacher-Student Organization, will provide an overview of the college planning process to parents and students from the Class of 2014 at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 16.

There will be an introductory session in the LHS Auditorium from 6:30 to 7:10 p.m. Students and parents will then select two information sessions (the first from 7:15 to 8 p.m. and the second from 8:05 to 8:50 p.m.) regarding several college planning topics.

In all, five information sessions will be offered:

Two-Year Colleges: Two-year colleges are a popular choice for more and more students as they embark on a higher education path. Onondaga Community College Admission Counselor Jason Barnes and LHS Counselor Tony Richardson will talk about the benefits of attending a two-year college. Learn what these institutions have to offer.

Four-Year College Options: In the last few years approximately half of each LHS senior class has chosen to begin college at a four-year institution. Join SUNY Oswego Associate Director of Admissions Dan Griffin and LHS Counselor Doreen Holekamp for a presentation on the process of finding and selecting a school that is the right fit. The discussion will include the benefits of the many SUNY and private school choices available.

Financial Aid 101: Are you a newcomer to the financial aid process? Not sure how or when or where to apply, or even if you should? Wondering how to determine what is an "affordable" college given your particular situation? This workshop, presented by Le Moyne College Associate Director of Financial Aid Sharon Halpin and LHS Counselor Dolly Katovitch, can help.

College Athletics and the Admissions Decision: This presentation by Hobart and William Smith Colleges Senior Associate Director of Admissions and Assistant Coach for the Rochester Rattlers professional lacrosse team Bill Warder, along with LHS Counselor Theresa Goad, will provide student-athletes with information on playing sports at the collegiate level. Topics for discussion will include: the NCAA Clearinghouse, how athletics can play a role in the admissions decision and what student-athletes can do to promote themselves in the recruitment process. This presentation is appropriate for all high school student-athletes planning to play a sport in college at any level.

Strategies for Success in Selective College Admissions: Many students are seeking admission to top schools at a time when competition is at its peak. But who gets in and why? In this session, you will learn about the evaluation process at selective colleges and universities and what students can do to promote themselves among other talented peers. Join LHS Counselors Joyce Leonelli and Tiffany Heffron for a guided understanding of what you should know as you start the application process.

For more information about this event, call the LHS Counseling Department at 453-1500.

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