How many rural schools can boast 100 percent college acceptance its for graduating seniors?
McDermitt Combined School can. All 15 members of McDermitt’s class of 2018 have received college acceptance letters.
“These 15 students...represent the future of our school and our community,” McDermitt Combined School principal Doc Welter said.
The school has focused on preparing students for college and career after high school and applying for college early was an important step. They began the process at the beginning of the school year.
Terrell Callao-George, student-parent facilitator for GEAR UP (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) and Billy Bell, JAG (Jobs After Graduation) specialist, mentored each student through the application process for at least one college.
As a celebration, students shared their news over the school’s public announcement system. Welter said the students’ excitement grew as the acceptance letters came in. The enthusiasm spread through the school.
Students received acceptance letters from Weber State College in Ogden, Utah, Great Basin College, Truckee Meadows Community College, Utah State University, Feather River College in Quincy, California and Western Nevada College.