Meade High students got a taste of the numerous career opportunities and college programs open to them during the school’s annual college and career fair.
More than 1,000 students in grades nine through 12 attended the daylong event held Nov. 1 in the school gymnasium.
From military and college recruiters to representatives from a variety of companies and organizations, the fair provided students with the opportunity to explore more than 50 colleges and about 40 different careers.
More than 75 professionals also went into the classrooms to speak about their careers.
“An event such as this provides a connection to their futures,” Meade High Principal John Yore said. “ It provides a contextualization and relevance to the work we do every day at school.
“It also provides one of the answers to the question: ‘Why and what am I doing here in high school? Why am I learning this?’ ”
Students were encouraged to bring a copy of their transcripts, scholastic aptitude test scores, ACT test scores, college essays and completed college applications for the college representatives interviewing during the event.
An excited Anthony Richardson, 18, said he couldn’t wait to apply to the colleges at the event.
“Man, I’m going to apply to every school here,” Richardson said while talking to his friend.
The senior has his mind set on multiple colleges he would like to attend.
“I’m interested in speaking with the representatives from the University of Maryland Eastern Shore and Stevenson [University], but my No. 1 choice is the University of Maryland,” Richardson said.
Some of the colleges that participated were University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Bowie State University, Mount St. Mary’s University, Frostburg State University, Radford University in Virginia and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina.
“This college fair is showing me things I’ve never been introduced to,” said Takyra Powell, 16. “There are so many things I didn’t know I had to do in order to get into college. But now that I’m learning and actually seeing what needs to be done, it’s really helping me out.”
Takyra, a junior, plans to major in psychology at an out-of-state college.
Terrence Agbaw, 17, was accepted on the spot to Bowie State University and Hampton University in Virginia.
“I’m really excited about getting accepted into those schools,” he said. “ I’m looking forward to getting accepted into even more schools and furthering my education.”
Terrence, a senior, plans to study medicine and become a surgeon.
Some of the career opportunities presented to students are in cyber security, firefighting, policing, physical therapy, radio and medicine at Johns Hopkins Hospital.
At the end of the event, Yore thanked college representatives and speakers for their participation.
“I would like to thank all of the colleges, career speakers and others who made a commitment to the students of Meade High School today,“ Yore said.
“They made a difference and touched lives, which is a gift to those they served today. The Meade community is grateful.”