Franklin High School seniors shop for higher education

Published 4:47 pm Friday, November 11, 2022

Camp Community College hosted VACRAO College Night on Tuesday, Oct. 5, and the choices for higher education were many for Franklin High School seniors. 

A Franklin City Public Schools news release noted that the setting for this shopping trip was Camp Community College’s Workforce Development Center, where 40-plus colleges and universities near and far were represented by members of the Virginia Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Counselors. 

Tables were lined up in aisle formation so that the students, most accompanied by their parents, could stroll up and down, stopping to speak with the reps and learn more about what each college or university offered. 

FHS Bronco Lana Kopacki said she’s already enrolled in the dual enrollment programs available at both Camp Community College and Tidewater Community College. 

“I wouldn’t mind going out of state (for college),” said the senior while standing at the table for  Lincoln Memorial University, which is located in Harrogate, Tennessee. 

Asked about a potential major, Kopacki said, “Cybersecurity, for now.”

Fellow Bronco Jordan Johnson and his parents spent several minutes speaking to the Virginia Tech rep. The student’s mother, Carrie Johnson, the Franklin City School Board vice chair, later shared that her son is interested in majoring to become an accountant, which he affirmed. During their tour, they made their way to the table for Old Dominion University, her alma mater.

Jusdes Turner is interested in majoring in psychology. He said his choices so far for school are Radford University and Shenandoah University.

Serenity Everette has narrowed her choices to Radford, Shenandoah and Longwood universities.

“I want to major in voice performance,” she said.

FHS Broncos were certainly not the only students to participate that night. Seniors and juniors from Southampton County and other neighboring localities were invited.

Christopher Cornwell Jr., of Southampton High School, said he’s interested in engineering, and Virginia Tech or the University of Virginia are his major choices.

To help with the monetary aspect of higher learning, the Oct. 5 event included the opportunity for students to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid form.

To learn more about higher education possibilities, students and parents may call the Camp Community College registrar at 757-569-6722.