EFHS seniors travel the state for college visits _lowres

Photo submitted by Jon Loveall -- East Feliciana High School seniors in November traveled around the state for college visits coordinated by their school. The seniors from the Jackson school toured campuses, learned about scholarship opportunities, met with faculty and gained hands on experience at four different colleges. Making the visits, from left, are, Key'Aris Jones, Francheska Underwood, Mary Flenoid, Olivia Shaw, JaMarcus Goudeau, Tyesha Scott and Devonte McKnight.

Colleges and universities across the state are starting to notice the East Feliciana High School Class of 2015, school officials said.

That’s because EFHS seniors have been traveling around the state for college visits coordinated by the school.

On a Saturday in November, eight EFHS seniors attended a College Preview Day at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The students registered for the program during an English IV class, according to school faculty members.

This visit gave them the opportunity to tour campuses, learn about scholarship opportunities, meet with faculty and gain hands on experience at four of UL-Lafayette’s colleges: the College of Nursing and Allied Health, the B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, the College of Education and the School of Music.

A visit to a simulation lab in the College of Nursing and Allied Health was inspiring to EFHS seniors Mary Flenoid and Tyesha Scott, school faculty said.

“The faculty in the simulation lab did really well on breaking down the work that nurses do on a daily basis,” Scott said, who added with a laugh, “Plus, it’s a good field to make money.”

Scott said the support she has received from East Feliciana High School in her college search has been invaluable. “Our guidance counselors are really getting us prepared by making sure we put in applications and learn more about different colleges.”

“I want to help someone out in any way they need it,” Flenoid said. “Visiting ULL helped me see how I could do that in a career as a nurse.”

Thirty-five seniors were part of an 80-student delegation that visited Southern University in November as part of the Educational Talent Search program.