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Tuesday May 2, 2017 at 1:08pm Age: 2 yrs
Category: High School, District


By Kat Hoolan, MVHS Art Teacher

A sizable representation of the Class of 2017 celebrated National College Decision Day on May 1, by sporting branded apparel from their college of choice.  


This celebration was brought to Minisink a few years ago by Emily Rufino, English teacher and department chair, when she and her SUNY Orange English students began wearing their school shirts on May 1. "This year my students wanted their teachers to wear their shirts too," said Mrs. Rufino. "That gave us the idea to extend the celebration to the entire senior class."


Getting a message out to 300 plus students isn't easy. With the help of Mr. Rosenberger, chair of the counseling department, and art teacher Mrs. Hoolan, emails and announcements went out and a large section of the class of 2017 turned up for group photos in the auditorium. They posed by SUNY colleges, by private colleges, and by individual colleges as well. SUNY Buffalo appears set to welcome the largest number of Minisink Valley graduates in the fall.

Choosing a college can be a long and involved process. Most students start early in their junior year, visiting and researching colleges. While the hunt is different for each student, most search based on location, program offerings, and school size.

Brandon Mok was excited to choose the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). "I didn't think I would get in, but it was my dream college," he said. Brandon looked at three other schools, but when his acceptance to RIT arrived, he did not hesitate. Brandon is no stranger to the RIT campus. His older sister already attends. He loves the friendly campus and is looking forward to attending this fall.  

Of Minisink seniors attending a SUNY school, two chose SUNY Binghamton. Angelo Petito visited four campuses and applied to 12 schools in total. But in the end it was down to Albany or Binghamton. "I liked Binghamton more. I felt I belonged there," Angelo said, shortly after posing for a photo with fellow prospective student Jack Golden

While many seniors looked across the state and beyond, Izzy Schaetzle decided on SUNY Orange. With three younger brothers at home, Izzy wasn't ready to leave, and SUNY Orange offered her a scholarship to play softball. "The coach and team have been very welcoming,” Izzy said. “He has invited me to visit the dugout and watch their games already."  

Clemson University has been a popular school in South Carolina for decades, but that's not the reason Meaghan Cahill chose to advance her education. "My family is moving to South Carolina, and there are three engineering schools near our new home. I applied to all three," Megahan said. "My parents really liked Clemson, and since they are paying for it, they helped with the decision." Meaghan is also excited with Clemson University's new option for finding a college roommate. Prospective students created a Facebook group to chat, mingle, and find a likely match. If two students agree to share a room, they inform the college, and the guess work is over.

As the high school journey winds down for the class of 2017, faculty, staff, and guidance counselors in particular, take great pride in helping their students prepare for college. "The Counseling Department would like to congratulate all of our seniors and wish them well in the next chapter of their lives,” said Mr. Rosenberger. “We are very proud of their accomplishments and know they will achieve great things in the years to come."

(Photos by Kat Hoolan)