Applying themselves

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 11:48 AM

Grand Haven and Spring Lake high school seniors met with guidance counselors, and filled out and submitted post-secondary education applications last week as part of Michigan College Application Week.

School officials hoped to have about 80 percent of students with plans made for 2013. On Friday, 291 out of 376 Grand Haven High seniors applied to colleges, and 126 out of 160 Spring Lake seniors applied.

Kim McLaughlin, director of Tri-Cities College Access Network, said some colleges waived application fees during the week.

While guidance counselors and others were ready to assist students, she said most students had previously started the application process and visiting college campuses.

“For the most part, I think students understand how important it is that they go on (after high school),” McLaughlin said.

Susan Tater, a college advisor, said it’s exciting to see so many high school students making plans.

Grand Haven High School senior Ty Varela, 17, said having the resources to help him apply at school was great.

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