Sept. 22, West High’s class of 2024 attended Senior Night in the cafeteria, a special event held annually for seniors to gain more information about colleges, scholarships, grants, loans, and more. The event began at 5 p.m., kicking off with a mini college fair. FAFSA staff greeted seniors and their families at the door, providing pamphlets with information regarding FAFSA. Several colleges sent representatives to entice seniors to apply to their respective colleges, describing in detail programs of study, extracurricular activities, athletics, financial aid, and more offered at specific colleges.
Additionally, Josten’s was present to provide packets and order forms for cap and gowns, class rings, and graduation year clothing. The yearbook staff attended as well, providing seniors and their families with information regarding pricing and customization options for yearbooks. Furthermore, a few military branches were eager to recruit seniors into the military to serve the country while offering financial aid for when veterans decide to attend college in the future.
At 6 p.m., a presentation began, going into detail about Tennessee Promise, the HOPE scholarship, the difference between scholarships, grants, and loans, and more scholarships and general financial aid information. The presentation also deliberated about deadlines for Tennessee Promise requirements, college applications, FAFSA’s redesign and when it opens, and the differences between different types of colleges and how financial aid applies to them.
Senior Night ended at 7 p.m., leaving seniors and their families with a wealth of information about post-secondary opportunities and important things to consider should seniors decide they wish to attend college.