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Planning for the future
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Jailey Parton, left, and McKenzie Pack explored plenty of schools at the college fair at WCHS on Tuesday. WCHS students had many options to help with their future plans. Parton was looking for a good nursing program, and Pack was eager to hear about the different veterinary programs. - photo by Taylor Moore

The high school got an early start with fair festivities by holding a college fair for students on Tuesday evening. WCHS welcomed dozens of schools with booths to give information to upcoming graduates. Not only did the local schools like TTU, MTSU and Motlow show up, but out-of-state schools like Western Carolina University and the University of Northern Ohio stopped by.

The Nossi College of Art also made an appearance as did all the different locations of the University of Tennessee. Needless to say, Warren County students had plenty of options to explore.

Senior Ezra Thomas was looking at a couple of schools to pursue a degree in biology. He’s always made good grades in science classes and said, “Science is my calling.” He was specifically interested in learning about UT Chattanooga, UT Knoxville and UT Southern. “They have a great campus life,” he said about those in particular, “or so I’ve heard.”

When asked how many booths she visited, WCHS student Lydia White flipped through her stack of brochures and said, “I think four.” 

She plans to major in athletic training and was interested in checking out MTSU’s booth. White found the fair very helpful because “They don’t all offer athletic training,” and the fair showed her some options that do.

Seniors McKenzie Pack and Jailey Parton went together to gather information about schools and visited the Tennessee Tech, Tusculum and MTSU booths. Pack was looking for a good veterinary program and was interested in UTK “because they have the best vet program.”

Parton is looking to go into nursing and also expressed interest in UTK but added, “I want to get my first two years at Motlow.” WCHS head principal Chris Hobbs was excited about the college fair considering the pandemic kept it from happening the past couple years.

“I just think it’s a great opportunity for our students to interact with 2-year and 4-year colleges,” said Hobbs. Trade schools, art schools, and even the US Navy were represented at the fair to help the future leaders choose their paths. Hobbs added that whatever the school can do to help the students, “That’s what we’re here for.”