TAHLEQUAH, OKLAHOMA – Cherokee Nation Foundation and Northeastern State University recently hosted the second annual ACT Prep camp for Cherokee juniors and seniors. Students worked throughout the week to prepare for the exam and attended workshops focusing on admissions, financial aid and scholarships, essay writing, and time management.
“We are beyond excited to see so many of our Cherokee youth taking advantage of this program and preparing their absolute best for the ACT test,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “The impact this test score can have on their future is immeasurable, and programs like this give the students the opportunity and skills to exceed their own expectations.”
Students gained a firsthand look at what college life is like and spent the week on campus in traditional dorms. The camp included evening social events and activities highlighting Cherokee culture such as storytelling and a game of stickball.
“Attending this camp gave me the opportunity to identify my areas of weakness on the ACT exam,” said Trae Hendricks, senior at Tahlequah High School. “I was able to focus on improving those areas and received one-on-one support from the faculty and staff. We showed up ready to work, and I truly believe that all our hard work paid off.”
At the end of the weeklong camp, students took the official ACT test.
“It was inspiring to see the level of dedication these students had for improving their scores,” said Jennifer Sandoval, ACT prep coordinator for Cherokee Nation Foundation. “These kids have so much going on during the summer, and it is refreshing to see them make their educational goals a priority.”
Twenty-eight students attended the camp from 15 schools in northeastern Oklahoma. All meals and lodging, classroom materials and testing fees were provided through CNF and NSU scholarships.
This year’s students included the following:
Paige Hardman, Catoosa High School
Shelbi Hoskin, Edison High School
John Porterfield, Harrison High School in Arkansas
Breoana Stafford, Haskell High School
Hannah Garrett, Moore High School
Brooke Boyd, Owasso High School
Harrison Horne, Owasso High School
Conner Jones, Owasso High School
Brooklyn Mossier, Owasso High School
Connor Pendergraft, Owasso High School
Julia Quinton, Owasso High School
Hayden Russell, Owasso High School
Allie Slagle, Owasso High School
Brenly McAdoo, Piedmont High School
KassaDee Merrill, Porter High School
Meleya Belden, Pryor High School
Kelby Welsh, Pryor High School
Shelby Wood, Pryor High School
Indy Hicks, Sequoyah High School
Zachary Parish, Sequoyah High School
Trey Pritchett, Sequoyah High School
Macie Sullateskee, Sequoyah High School
Trae Hendricks, Tahlequah High School
Ivy Trout, Union High School
Cassidy Henderson, Vinita High School
Britney Hammans, Warner High School
Madison Nickens, Westville High School
Noah Nickens, Westville High School
The ACT Prep camp at NSU is just one way the Cherokee Nation Foundation is helping students prepare for the college entrance exam. CNF also hosts the Cherokee College Prep Institute in July and offers ACT prep courses within the tribe’s 14-county jurisdiction throughout the academic year.
For more information on ACT prep opportunities, please contact Cherokee Nation Foundation at (918) 207-0950 or Janice Randall firstname.lastname@example.org.