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Thursday, December 20, 2007

UNCP hosts school counselors in symposium

More than 50 counselors from 30 area high schools learned a lot about UNC Pembroke on December 7.

Winners --- from left: $5,000 – South View High School and Counselor Shawn Jones; $3,500 – St. Pauls and Jadell Hawks; $2,700 – Northwest Cabarrus and Mariko Setzer; $2,200 – Forest Hills (Monroe, N.C.) and Suzette Bentley; $2,000 – Terry Sanford (Fayetteville) and Eboni Malloy; $1,500 – E.E. Smith (Fayetteville) and Cara Jesse; $1,300 – Jack Britt and Margie Piela; $1,000 – Purnell Swett and Tammy Cummings; and $800 – Grimsley (Greensboro, N.C.) and Christie Squires.

Winners --- from left: $5,000 – South View High School and Counselor Shawn Jones; $3,500 – St. Pauls and Jadell Hawks; $2,700 – Northwest Cabarrus and Mariko Setzer; $2,200 – Forest Hills (Monroe, N.C.) and Suzette Bentley; $2,000 – Terry Sanford (Fayetteville) and Eboni Malloy; $1,500 – E.E. Smith (Fayetteville) and Cara Jesse; $1,300 – Jack Britt and Margie Piela; $1,000 – Purnell Swett and Tammy Cummings; and $800 – Grimsley (Greensboro, N.C.) and Christie Squires.

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They also walked away from the Counselor Symposium with $20,000 in scholarship money for their students. The counselors came from as far away as Greensboro and Charlotte, N.C., and as close as Purnell Swett High School for a day of information, tours and fun.

After an elimination round, nine counselors tested their knowledge of UNCP. Shawn Jones of South View High School in Hope Mills, N.C., won the $5,000 first prize and Jadell Hawks of St. Pauls High School won the $3,500 second prize.

Jackie Clark, vice chancellor for Enrollment Management, said the game show atmosphere was stimulating.

“We want the counselors to learn all they can about UNCP and our admissions process,” Clark said. “We wanted to make the visit stand out in their minds, and I think it worked.”

Scholarship guidelines were designed for students “who are really worthy applicants but need aid,” Clark said of one-time awards.

Assistant Director of Admissions Charly Lowry, who has been working the Triangle Area since November, said the symposium was helpful.

“They know UNCP in the Triangle, but competition is very steep,” Lowry said. “The game show will help them remember us, and the scholarship is a great incentive.”

The counselors pondered questions about UNCP’s history and more. They went away with information about football, marching band and the cost of applying to the University ($40).
Dr. Jennifer Watson, a counselor at Providence High School in Charlotte, N.C., said this was her third visit since 2000.

“I tell our kids it’s a really good school,” Dr. Watson said. “I tell them if you want to be a name not a number, this is the place for them.

“UNCP takes a good, well-prepared student and provides him or her with a transformative experience,” she continued.

Pam Darden of Jack Britt High School in Fayetteville, N.C., said her advice to students about UNCP is always the same.

“I tell them to come look for themselves,” Darden said. “They need to see the Bookstore, GPAC (Givens Performing Arts Center) and the residence halls.

“Most importantly, I tell them to look at the students here,” she continued. “This is a diverse school that looks just like our school.”

As for the $1,300 the counselors from Jack Britt took home, “really neat,” Darden said.

Here is a list of winning contestants and their schools (pictured from left): $5,000 – South View High School and Counselor Shawn Jones; $3,500 – St. Pauls and Jadell Hawks; $2,700 – Northwest Cabarrus and Mariko Setzer; $2,200 – Forest Hills (Monroe, N.C.) and Suzette Bentley; $2,000 – Terry Sanford (Fayetteville) and Eboni Malloy; $1,500 – E.E. Smith (Fayetteville) and Cara Jesse; $1,300 – Jack Britt and Margie Piela; $1,000 – Purnell Swett and Tammy Cummings; and $800 – Grimsley (Greensboro, N.C.) and Christie Squires.

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