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College and career event set for tonight at South Hagerstown

November 11, 2002

Washington County Public Schools and the Hagerstown-Washington County Economic Development Commission will host the second annual Choices in Colleges and Careers event at South Hagerstown High School tonight from 6:30 to 9.

Students and parents from all Washington County schools and other schools in the Tri-State region are invited to attend.

Throughout the evening, students will visit with representatives of more than 120 colleges and universities and a number of Washington County's employers.

"Choices in Colleges and Careers 2002 provides a venue for area students to speak with colleges about their educational futures and talk with local employers about their professional aspirations," said Timothy R. Troxell, acting executive director of the Economic Development Commission. "Through a partnership between the EDC and the public schools system, we are able to show high school students that good career opportunities do exist in Washington County."

In an effort to streamline the event's logistics and provide additional parking, shuttle buses will run continuously from Emma K. Doub Elementary School, E. Russell Hicks Middle School and the Washington County Technical High School. Buses will pick up students at each school's main entrance and drop them off at the Maryland Avenue entrance to South Hagerstown High School.

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The five Washington County high schools with the highest percentage of student participation at Choices in Colleges and Careers 2002 will each be awarded a $500 scholarship to distribute to a deserving graduating senior.

New to this year's event is an essay contest. Washington County juniors and seniors may submit an essay about their learning experience at Choices in Colleges and Careers 2002.

The winning essays will be selected by local business leaders. Prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded to the first-, second- and third-place winners.

Scholarship and essay prizes will be awarded at a January Board of Education meeting. All cash prizes are provided by the local business community.

South Hagerstown High School is at 1101 S. Potomac St. in Hagerstown.

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