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Parents, students participate in college night at SEHS
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On Oct. 16, approximately 500 students and parents gathered at South Effingham High School for a night filled with a myriad of post-secondary information.

As they entered, students were provided with transcripts, highlighters and a large packet of information provided by the counselors. A menagerie of multicultural resources was also available for students and parents.

Also, Savannah State University, Armstrong Atlantic State University, Ogeechee Technical College, Savannah Tech, Georgia Southern University, as well as a representative from the Georgia Southern University ROTC program were all in attendance and spent time answering questions and providing resources.

In fact, Mike Patterson from Savannah Tech poured punch and provided cookies as visitors stopped by and inquired about his programs.

Everyone gathered in the cafeteria for a presentation by instructional supervisor Roni Edenfield, a former math teacher. She spent time explaining the mathematics of how to calculate the HOPE GPA. She then took time to explain all of the materials provided in a packet of resources given to students and parents that had been compiled by the SEHS counselors.

Students and parents were educated on scholarship information, HOPE resources, letters of recommendation, Web site resources and a tremendous amount of other useful tools.

After the formal presentation, the SEHS counselors were introduced and were available to meet individually with parents and students. They spent time answering questions related to post-secondary issues.

Counselors present included Kate Keith (last names A-G, grades 10-12), Tara Lamb (last names H-O, grades 10-12), Jessica Huber (last names P-Z, grades 10-12), Erin Watson (graduation coach), and LaQuanda Love (ninth grade).

This is the second year South Effingham High School has hosted such an event. The response from parents and students was extremely positive. The counselors asked parents to complete evaluation forms before leaving the event. Many parents commented that the presentation was not only informative but also gave them insight into the process of preparing for the post-secondary experience.

More information and resources are provided on the counselor link at the school’s Web site at And HOPE information is provided at More college information will be available to students at the upcoming Effingham County PROBE fair, which will be hosted by South Effingham High School on Oct. 25 from 9-11:30 a.m. This event, which is provided for high school juniors and seniors, will be made available to students from both high schools.