Each year is a gift that holds the hope of new adventures. May your New Year be filled with exploration, discovery, and growth.
Registration and College Workshop by Nia Richardson
Rays of Hope had a meeting for the parents and students. There was an introduction to Rays of Hope and we learned about the events that Rays of Hope held in the past like the MLK trip to Washington DC. Then we learned about college and the steps we should go through to increase our chances of getting into the college we want. The speakers were Jordan , Joelle and Lauren Hernandez. There are different things we have to do each year of High School. Some of these things included reading a lot, not wasting your summer, and doing extracurricular activities. Also visit colleges. Focus on your grades. They stressed how important grades are Freshman year. Take challenging classes. Colleges like to see that you’re challenging yourself. Take the PSAT, SAT, and AP exams.
They also gave us websites that can help us look for colleges and scholarships. Fairtest.org lists colleges that don’t look at the SAT. Collegescholarships.org and Scholarships.com help you get scholarships. They warned us, telling us not to apply for any scholarships that ask for money. They also talked about the upcoming HBCU fair and that it is good to go to things like this so college can learn who you are and see your face. The HBCU fair was November 12th - 17th and there is information on that at hbcu-cfnj.com.
First Leadership Workshop
One of our speakers was Marcus Bright, and he talked to us about our views and things that are currently going on in our society. He asked us about our opinion about the current election and why we felt the way we did on different issues. Another one of our speakers was Tennille McCoy, who ran for councilwoman in the city of Hamilton, NJ. She talked to us about her story of becoming councilwoman and the different things she went through. She also asked about our Rays of Hope student board election that we were going to be having later that day. She gave us different tips on what she would do if she were running on our election and she convinced many people to run for president and other positions that we weren’t planning on running for earlier that day. After that the students running for student council wrote their speeches and prepared for the election. Many students ran but in the end Amaya White and Kori Blue were elected Co-Presidents, Brianna Quezada we elected Vice President, Jamilah Rosemond was elected Treasurer and Nia Richardson was elected Secretary.