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By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on July 17, 2005 2:02 AM

Brittany Carr of Mount Olive, Starus Dyson of Dudley and Brittany Royall of Mount Olive participated in the 2005 Nursing Exploration Week at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Nursing.

They were among 42 high school students from across the state who were accepted to the program, now in its sixteenth year. Participants spent June 19-24 paired with nurses at UNC Hospitals, Durham Veteran's Affairs Medical Center and Rex Healthcare to learn first-hand about a nurse's workday. Of the more than 580 students who have participated in the program since its inception in 1990, more than 40 percent have gone on to become nurses.

Annette McCullough, agriculture and biotechnology teacher at Spring Creek High School, was chosen by the Croatan Chapter of the Society of American Foresters to attend the N.C. Forestry Association Teacher's Tour in New Bern last month.

During the week-long event, the group took tours, heard presentations, and visited private land sites, a tree nursery, and pulp mill. The goal was to provide information about the field of forestry that could be shared with students.

Ten rising high school seniors from Greene County traveled to DePaul University in Chicago to attend the second College Summit National Workshop, a program designed tol provide them with the tools and support to navigate the complicated college application process.

Mario Brown, Tyler Carter, John Creech, Alandis Eillis, April Jones, Erica Jones, Stephanie Murphy, Maria Pulido, Randi McCrary, and Wayne Willis participated.

Greene teachers Elaine Beaman, Judy Farmer, Susan Jones and Stephanie Lanier participated in the workshop to receive training in how to support students as they apply for college and financial aid.

As a national non-profit organization, College Summit works with communities to strengthen the college-going culture in schools, and, in turn, increase the college enrollment rates of their students. Over the past 10 years, College Summit has hosted workshops for more than 5,000 students in 14 states. Seventy-nine percent of the participants, who are low-income and have an average GPA of 2.85, have enrolled in college -- nearly double the national rate.