Cherokee Students Prep for ACT Test at Weeklong Camp

Cherokee Nation Foundation ACT Prep Camp

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


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