College and Career Week coming to Marked Tree High School

Saturday, September 26, 2015

The week of Oct. 5, Marked Tree High School will be having a College and Career Week to give students an opportunity to learn about college and career readiness. Students will also get the chance to hear from MTHS graduates who have gone on to become a success in their fields.

The week will kick off with a college and career night from 5-7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 5, in the high school library. Representatives from several colleges and employers will be present to talk with students and parents about college and career options, the admissions process, and financial aid.

At 10 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 7, there will be a MTHS alumni panel featuring business people who graduated from Marked Tree. Panelists will include Trey Stafford, DJ and co-owner of Jonesboro Radio Group; Jerrett Perry, computer systems analyst with UCA; Lee Shinabery, owner of Shinabery's Community Pharmacy; Zack Tucker, mayor of Monticello; Josh Brown, co-owner of Haag-Brown Real Real Estate; and Robin Dabney, nurse practitioner with UTMP. The panelists will talk to students about their educational backgrounds, the importance of making connections, and being organized.

On Thursday, Oct. 8, students who have logged seven hours of ACT prep will be taking a field trip to the University of Arkansas for a college day, and later in the month, on Oct. 21, students will have the opportunity to attend a career fair at Arkansas State University.

MTHS counselor Bobbie Pharis said the school's efforts to ready students for college and careers has been paying off. "According to Arkansas Department of Career Education research, for the 2014-2015 school year, Marked Tree led all schools in Poinsett County in college going rates," Pharis said. "It's because of these events and our emphasis on getting students college ready."

"Part of the mission statement of Marked Tree High School is to prepare students to be global citizens in every sense of the word," Pharis said. "That means being ready when they leave here to be successful in college or to be ready to begin a career."

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