Apple-cation Tree yields a crop of choices

From News ReleaseMarch 7, 2014 

From left, Smithfield-Selma High School seniors Morgan Thorne, Kadejah Reddick, Curdija Toodle and Tyler Talley add their apples to the “Apple-cation Tree.”

JOHNSTON COUNTY SCHOOLS

Seniors at Smithfield-Selma High have a bushel of college choices to share with their classmates thanks to the school’s “Apple-cation Tree.”

On the tree, located in the school’s front lobby, students can post apples that list the options they are considering beyond graduation.

SSS seniors continue to post apples to the tree even though they have been busy completing college applications and setting post-secondary goals since the fall semester. The full benefits of the tree will be seen in May, when the seniors replace their apple with a leaf to indicate their final post-secondary decision.

The apples made their debut last November during College Application Week, an event sponsored by the College Foundation of North Carolina. The goal of the annual event is to provide every high school senior the chance to apply to college online through CFNC.org. The week places a special focus on students who would be first in their families to attend college and students who might not have otherwise seriously considered attending college.

SSS invited its seniors to the computer lab to work on applications with help from the school’s guidance counselors. Many seniors had already submitted applications before this event, but during the week, students submitted another 160 applications through CFNC and dozens of others through specific university portals.

Representatives from Barton College, Johnston Community College, Miller-Motte College, N.C. State University’s Educational Talent Search and the State Employees’ Credit Union were also on hand to help students in the computer lab.

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