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Students Look to the Future During College Awareness Week

Seaford High School’s annual college awareness celebration, typically one day in early May in which seniors wear shirts representing the colleges they will attend, was expanded to a full week this year and also moved online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Assistant Principal Nicole Schnabel and guidance department Chairwoman Joanna Scordo spearheaded activities every day during the first week of June, primarily through the high school’s social media accounts.

College Awareness Week did kick off with an in-person, socially distanced event at the high school. During a senior parade through the high school parking lot, members of the Class of 2020 wore their college shirts and decorated their cars. Teachers and staff who came to cheer them on also wore their college gear. That night, the school released a video on its Twitter account showcasing seniors with their college acceptance letters.

June 2 was Trade and Technical Tuesday to showcase options beyond four-year colleges. Ms. Schnabel shared articles and videos about different trades and posted photos from the third annual Choose Your Future Fair in December, which featured 20 exhibitors including trade school and professionals.

On What Can I Do Now Wednesday, each of the four guidance counselors recorded a video message for a specific grade level with college preparation tips. They discussed actions students should take at different points in their high school careers so they can get into the colleges of their choice. Throwback Thursday featured pictures on Instagram and Twitter of administrators, teachers and staff from their college days. For Flipgrid Friday, more than a dozen graduates from Seaford High School over the past decade sent video messages about their college experiences and shared advice on preparing for college.

Ms. Schnabel said that college awareness week is an initiative for grades 9-12 because it is never too early to start thinking about college, and the decisions they make in high school impact their plans. She also stressed the importance of showing students alternative paths such as trades and the military, all of which can lead to successful futures.