Moffat County High School senior Bonnie Flanders, right, speaks with Kelsy Traeger, admissions representative for Montana State University, on Tuesday at a college fair hosted by Moffat County High School. More than 30 colleges were represented at the fair.

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Moffat County High School senior Bonnie Flanders, right, speaks with Kelsy Traeger, admissions representative for Montana State University, on Tuesday at a college fair hosted by Moffat County High School. More than 30 colleges were represented at the fair.

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ACT, SAT tests scheduled at MCHS

Moffat County High School will administer SAT tests at 8 a.m. Oct. 4 at the high school, 900 Finley Lane. Students can register for the tests at www.collegeboard.com. The ACT test will be offered at 8 a.m. Oct. 25 at the high school. Registration for the test is available at www.act.org. For more information, call MCHS at 824-7036 and ask for Paula Duzik.

Nathan Hill and Jimmy Howe weren't sure exactly what they would find Tuesday night.

But the Moffat County High School juniors were seeking one thing: a piece of their futures.

"Honestly, I'm just here to look what's around," Hill said as he examined the college fair at the high school.

Hill and Howe were among a large group of students and parents who attended the event, which hosted more than 30 colleges and universities.

Paula Duzik, Moffat County High School counselor, said she expected mostly juniors and seniors to come to the event. However, she added that the college fair was open to all students, including eighth-graders.

"They need to be starting at a young age and just see what's out there," she said.

What students got out of the event depended, in part, upon the students themselves.

"It's kind of what you make of it," Duzik said.

Gavin Thompson, an MCHS senior, came to Tuesday night's college fair with a definite goal in mind.

He plans to earn his degree in political science with a minor in writing at either Mesa State College or Colorado State University.

Both colleges are "really affordable and not that far away," he said. Mesa State is located in Grand Junction, while CSU's main campus is in Ft. Collins.

Tuesday's college fair was the first of several events scheduled to help high school students, especially juniors and seniors, decide what they will do after graduation.

Post-secondary admissions meetings are scheduled for 6 p.m. Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 at the Moffat County High School library, 900 Finley Lane. The gathering is designed to give students and their parents information applying to institutions, including four-year colleges and technical schools. High school seniors and their parents should go to the meeting with some colleges in mind.

If students didn't find what they were looking for at Tuesday's college fair, they can attend the Colorado Western Slope College Fair. The event, which will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Aspen High School, will host representatives from 180 colleges within and beyond state lines.

That additional search may not be necessary for Thompson. He found information about both of his chosen institutions.

"It's really nice to have a bunch of different brochures : that you can compare to," he said.

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feirce 6 years, 3 months ago

Thanks so much for mentioning the Western Slope College Fair. 60 High Schools have been invited to attend. The date of the fair is Sunday, Sept. 28, 2008 at the Aspen High School. Representatives from 180 colleges and universities will share information about their colleges, degrees and programs; application processes and requirements. A workshop will be conducted by author Alejandra Rincon Ph.D., based on her book, "Si Se Puede!" Additional workshops will also be offered on topics as varied as The College Bound Student Athlete, Financial Aid for All, and Finding the College that is Right for You. This event is free and open to all high school students and parents of the Colorado Western Slope. Parking is available at Buttermilk Ski Area with complimentary shuttles to Aspen High School every 10 minutes. Hope to see you there!

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