Outstanding Black High School Scholars Visit MU Nov 4-5

Special to HNN Provided by Marshall University

HUNTINGTON, W.Va. – Students representing 39 high schools from West Virginia, Ohio and Kentucky will be on Marshall University’s Huntington campus Friday and Saturday, Nov. 4 and 5, to take part in the 25th annual Outstanding Black High School Student-Scholars Weekend.

The event, sponsored by Marshall’s Center for African American Students’ Programs, is attended by the “best and brightest” African American junior and senior high school students from throughout West Virginia and from metro counties in Ohio and Kentucky. Students were nominated by their respective high schools, based upon leadership and their high academic standing.

Students and parents/guardians attending the weekend will participate in a number of activities, including a student and parent welcome luncheon; visits with deans of the various colleges; “real talk” that involves an open discussion with Marshall students and visiting high school students; a parent information session; campus tours conducted by the MU Society of Black Scholars; a dinner for students and parents, a team challenge and Friday night at the MU Recreation Center.

Approximately 275 students and parents will attend the annual awards breakfast on Saturday, Nov. 5. The keynote will be delivered by Lauren Hutchins, a former Outstanding Black High School Student, a Marshall graduate and a second-year law student at the West Virginia University School of Law. Visiting students will reside on campus overnight with Marshall students.

“This group of over 100 of the most intelligent and gifted minds in our state and region will soon join the ranks of so many other students that have attended and graduated from Marshall University, most of which enter graduate and post-graduate schools in various disciplines,” said Maurice Cooley, director of Marshall’s Center for African American Students’ Programs. “Marshall University is extremely proud to recognize this impressive group of young, gifted and black scholars. That’s where it’s at!”

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