South Fork is proud to acknowledge that students were instantly admitted to college last Ocober. Four will be attending HSU and eight are going onto other CSUs (Sonoma, San Francisco, and Monterey Bay) and the valedictorian is headed off to UC Davis.
A few students decided to really stretch their wings and are headed out of state, across the Pacific to the University of Hawaii and as far east as Massachusetts and south to Kentucky.
Three students are committed to vocational programs, to follow careers in visual arts, culinary and cosmetology.
Economics often plays a role in college choices and we have 17 students returning to education at community colleges throughout California with plans to transfer to the CSU affiliated with their choice; nine will remain local by attending College of the Redwoods.
The community has played a huge part in helping to realize the dreams of these students. A total of $29,300 was awarded in scholarships to our graduates this year. We are forever grateful to this generosity and support of our youth.
In spite of the cuts in teaching staff and other budgetary constraints, our students are finding they are still able to take courses to keep their educational goals alive.
One of the biggest supports to our college bound students comes from the Trio Talent Search/Upward Bound college entrance program from Humboldt State. South Fork was one of two schools in a pilot program, which started in 2010. This program allows a South Fork student to be concurrently enrolled in a CR class which is offered on the South Fork campus three days a week. The other two days are spent with a Trio advisor where students learn strategies to ensure academic success, SAT/ACT test preparation, financial aid information and college selection and application.
We are looking forward to see what the class of 2013 will bring.
Submitted by Randi Perkins and Sue Eldridge