Students start quest for college

Krystle Wagner • Jul 21, 2015 at 1:27 PM

Throughout the week, seniors at Grand Haven and Spring Lake high schools participated in Michigan College Application Week.

Seventy-three percent of Grand Haven seniors have now applied for post-secondary education and 100 percent of Spring Lake seniors have post-graduation plans.

Representatives from Baker College, Hope College, Muskegon Community College and branches of the military stopped at the schools this week to provide students with assistance and information about applications.

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

McLaughlin said the purpose of College Application Week is to encourage and push for 100 percent of seniors to have a post-high school option. She said the Grand Haven and Spring Lake staffs have been supportive throughout the week to encourage students and raise awareness about applying to colleges.

“That’s a daunting task for seniors,” she said.

At the end of last year’s Michigan College Application Week, 291 out of 376 Grand Haven High School seniors applied to colleges, and 126 out of 160 Spring Lake seniors applied.

Claudia Phipps, a counselor at Grand Haven High School, said they’ve noticed that students can be afraid of the application process.

“Hopefully, our application week shows them that the process of decision making — whether it be for your future or for your weekend — can be a process that can lead to a conclusion, a goal,” she said.

Grand Haven High School Principal Tracy Wilson said 41 percent of her seniors had applied to colleges prior to College Application Week. She said that shows her students are thinking about their plans and commitment beyond high school graduation.

To read more of this story, see Saturday’s print or e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.

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