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Jones Academy Students Preparing for the Future

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Preparing for life after high school at Jones Academy takes an immense amount of effort. Making plans for the future requires putting forth thought, effort and energy. This fall, Jones Academy senior high school students have participated in several activities to prepare them for the post-secondary days ahead.

On Oct. 22, 2013, 25 students attended the College Fair at Eastern Oklahoma State College in Wilburton. About 190 attendees from area high schools met with approximately 30 college representatives to discuss career interests and educational opportunities. A month later, on Nov. 20, 2013, the seniors returned to EOSC for Mountaineer Mania. Participants got an opportunity to preview the school which included a campus tour and an organizational fair to meet with faculty and staff from different departments. During this time, seniors looked at academic programs offered, housing and residential living, and financial aid. Students also got to mix at an outdoor picnic featuring delicious hot dogs and free T-shirts.

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Part of the students’ planning for “Life After Jones” has included tests training. This fall, students have been preparing for End-of-Instruction exams and ACT tests by practicing on the USA Test Prep program at school and home. On Oct. 26, upperclassmen benefitted from the Chad Cargill ACT Workshop, which was presented at the McAlester campus of Eastern Oklahoma State College. Cargill addressed techniques and strategies for optimizing performance on the college entry exam. The event was sponsored by the Choctaw Nation Talent Search Program.

To date, Jones Academy students have also visited Southeastern State University, Bacone College and also the Choctaw Nation Scholarship Advisement Program’s annual Ivy League and Friends event in Durant, on Nov. 9, 2013. More college and vocational school visits are scheduled for the near future as well as planning strategies with students concerning their career goals. Jones Academy students have wonderful opportunities to maximize their learning at Jones and beyond.

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Jones Academy students Holly Andersen and Ethan Begay pick up materials from EOSC department representative.