Weeklong camp connects students to university representatives from across US
TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – As a rising senior at Pryor High School and one of the top students in her class, Cherokee citizen Sunny Bennett has always made education her top priority. By working with the Cherokee Nation Foundation, she is realizing now that those efforts have more than paid off.
Bennett has been involved in numerous CNF programs and just recently completed the foundation’s Cherokee College Prep Institute at the University of Central Oklahoma. The weeklong program gives students hands-on experience analyzing, preparing and completing college applications; identifying scholarship opportunities; and exploring schools of interest.
“I have worked hard to prepare for college and even attended the foundation’s NSU ACT camp last summer,” said Bennett. “Now I have a score that I am very proud of and feel confident as a candidate, but I was surprised at how daunting the actual application process would be,” said Bennett. “CCPI gave me a better understanding of what admissions officers are looking for and how to evaluate my schools of interest.”
Last week, nearly 40 students attended the fourth annual CCPI. One of the major attractions to the camp is the student’s opportunity to work one-on-one with university representatives.
“Throughout the week we spent time with each university representative, and it ended up being the most valuable aspect for me,” said Bennett. “To be honest, there were Ivy League schools that I hadn’t even considered, but now I see they are actually within reach and I couldn’t be more excited.”
Janice Randall, executive director for CNF, says the most valuable resource they have are the students who complete the program and go back to their schools and communities to spread the word.
“We are dedicated to helping as many students as we can to help ensure a brighter future for the Cherokee Nation,” said Randall. “After each camp, we ask the students to act as ambassadors in their communities and help spread the word about our programs. CCPI has such a positive impact on students at a crucial time, but we have to get them here to help them. That’s why our ambassadors are so important.”
This year’s students included the following:
Taylor Garrett, Bartlesville High School
Evan Barton, Booker T. Washington High School
Shayla Culloty, Catoosa High School
Anna Fine, Central High School
Tragan Lattimore, Central High School
Kaylee Clyma, Claremore High School
Lauren Chancellor, Claremore High School
Amaris Hall, Claremore Home School
Joshua Hummingbird, Coweta High School
Abbie Poss, Harding Charter School
Cheyanne Wheat, Edison High School
Shelbi Hoskin, Edison High School
Brandon Cobb, Edmond North
Hunter Tolliver, Healdton High School
Sophia Kuchenbacker, Highland Park High School, Dallas, Texas
Chelsea Foreman, Jay High School
Austin Neuhauser, Jenks High School
Moriah Stice, Liberty High School
Jake Rader, Oologah High School
Julia Quinton, Owasso High School
Brooklyn Mossier, Owasso High School
Benly McAdoo, Piedmont High School
Sagely McAdoo, Piedmont High School
Kelby Welsh, Pryor High School
Meleya Belden, Pryor High School
Shelby Wood, Pryor High School
Sunny Bennett, Pryor High School
Jack Aikman, Putman City High School
Auri Sparks, Sallisaw High School
Conner Cochran, Sequoyah High School
Konnor Hall, Siloam Springs High School
Kortney Dry, Tahlequah High School
Trae Hendricks, Tahlequah High School
Cassidy Henderson, Vinita Public Schools
Noah Nickens, Westville High School
CCPI curriculum was developed in cooperation with College Horizons, the U.S. Department of Education and the Princeton Review. The lessons focus on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management.
Participating universities included Oklahoma State University, Bacone College, Rogers State University, University of Arkansas, University of Central Oklahoma, University of Pennsylvania and Duke University.
For more information, contact Cherokee Nation Foundation at (918) 207-0950 or Janice Randall firstname.lastname@example.org.