Justin Fenske, director of College Counseling at Episcopal School of Baton Rouge, on March 22 hosted the school’s first College Fair.

The inaugural program, which was open to high school sophomores and juniors, served as an opportunity for students to engage in conversations with representatives from a wide range of colleges and universities.

The Episcopal college counseling staff, which also includes Associate Director Jody Kennard and Assistant Director Andrew Reich, created the opportunity so that students could explore a wide range of college opportunities.

“South Louisiana is full of talented and qualified students, and we envisioned creating an event that exposes students to the variety of higher education options that exist in the United States,” Fenske said.

Students, families and college counselors from Ascension Episcopal School, Baton Rouge Youth Coalition, Baton Rouge Magnet High School, Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts, Episcopal School of Acadiana and the Woodlawn High School Gifted and Talented Program attended the college fair.

Julie Kerich, director of admission at Franklin and Marshall College in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, was a member of a question-and-answer panel that covered a range of topics pertaining to selective and holistic admissions processes. Kerich said the event “exceeded my already-high expectations — as the questions and topics posed by the students were extremely thoughtful.”

The students in attendance received advice from Zakaree Harris, associate dean of admissions at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, Maine.

“Find something you are passionate about and do it,” Harris said. “Don’t worry about being a superhero; be selective and do what is right for you.”