OHS To Host College Family Night


Guidance Counselor, Mrs. Steve, points out a scholarship to OHS senior, Nate Weihmer.

By Natalie Stone, OHS Torch Reporter

On Tuesday, March 21, from 6:30-8:00 PM, the OHS Guidance Office will be hosting College Family Night in the OHS auditorium; all parents and students are welcome to attend.

College Family Night is an opportunity for parents and students to get more information about college in general, as well as ask questions about specific colleges. There will be a panel of representatives from various colleges in the auditorium who will be available for questions.

Many colleges will be in attendance to share information about their school, answer questions, and give out free prizes. Some of these schools include University of Illinois at Chicago, Western Illinois University, Millikin University, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Eastern Illinois University, University of Illinois Springfield, Lincoln Christian University, Illinois Wesleyan University, Illinois State University, and Heartland Community College.

OHS Guidance Counselors, Mrs. Lisa Steve and Mr. Alex Castillo, both agree that people will discover their diversity of options by attending the College Family Night. The night will present many things for parents and students to think about as they plan for college.

The Counselors also say that the event will benefit all grade levels. Whether it is a senior who is planning on starting at a community college, or a freshman who can benefit from getting early exposure to college planning.

“There are different benefits for each grade level,” says Mrs. Steve.

This is only the second year hosting the event, and the Counselors are hoping for an even better turnout this year than last. While the turnout last year was not as many as hoped, the Counselors are optimistic that this year will produce a better turnout as they have invited more colleges and overall improved the event.

Parents and students will gain a much better understanding of the college admission process for both public and private universities from this night. The goal of College Family Night is to give parents and students the information they need to choose the right school for them.