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WCHS students get glimpse of college life
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WCHS scholarship coordinator Jennifer Cantrell estimates about 100 students attended WCHS’s first outdoor college fair. “Great weather,” WCHS executive principal Clark George said of the event.

Warren County High School’s first outdoor college fair was held Tuesday and it was declared a success. 

The event was organized by WCHS scholarship coordinator Jennifer Cantrell and WCHS minority liaison Leah Simpson, with the muscle help of students Zane Simmons and Christian Hernandez-Pack. 

The event was held outdoors because of the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed 574,000 Americans.

Representatives from area colleges, universities and military branches were on hand to meet with students and help them prepare for life after high school.

UT-Martin admissions counselor Lauren Thomas said of the college fair, “I think we had a lot of really good conversations. It’s been awhile since we’ve been able to be face-to-face with students. So it’s been really nice to be able to chat with them and answer questions and tell them more about our school.” 

Jill M. Chambers, associate director of admissions at the University of North Alabama, concurred with Thomas’s statement and said it was nice to meet with students in person.

Cantrell estimated about 100 students attended the college fair, a goodly portion of whom were 1st Sgt. Timothy Howard’s JROTC raider drill team students. 

Said Cantrell of the event, “I feel like it went really well. Everyone seemed to be receptive.”

Simpson’s spirits were buoyed by the turnout and interactions. “I thought this was great for our first one outdoors,” she said. “We didn’t know what to expect. I thought it was great. The colleges were all very excited to be here, I felt like, because they said this is the first one they have gotten to do. They were happy to be in-person and not Zoom.”

In all, representatives from the University of Tennessee, UT-Chattanooga, UT-Martin, Austin Peay, University of Memphis, Faulkner University, TCAT, MTSU, Motlow, the Navy, University of North Alabama, Georgia Career Institute, Columbia State, King University, Lee University, Tennessee Tech, Tennessee State University, the Air Force, Cumberland University, the Army, and the National Guard were on hand to meet with WCHS students.