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Park View seventh grader Tommy Vaughn took first place in a college trivia set of questions from among another seven contestants at the Park View School’s College Day event Friday.

GLENN KAHL/The Bulletin

POSTED April 6, 2013 2:36 a.m.

It was all about college in their future for upper class students at Park View Elementary School Friday morning as the sixth, seventh and eighth graders filed into the multi-purpose room wearing their colorful college T-shirts and sweatshirts.

The highlight of the morning was an open competition on college trivia between eight students seated near the stage at the front of the room.  Their student audience watched as questions about college life were flashed onto a large screen – questions that they had to answer and logos they had to identify.

Seventh grader Tommy Vaughn had the most points and won first place in the contest.  Sixth grader Andrew Huynh finished second and third place was a three way tie between Deanna Boyce, Adam Wood and Myles Kinsey.

One of the questions asked about the most popular college major in today’s world between Psychology, Liberal Studies, English and Business Administration.  The correct answer was Business Administration fielded by Adam Wood in the contest.

As the students entered the room they were greeted by college fight songs as they moved to their seats.  Three Ripon college grads volunteered to talk to the students about their high school and college experiences.

The trio included Nathan Clark, a UC Davis grad; Marcia Hofman, a CSU Stanislaus grad; and Alicia DeJong, a current Fresno State student.  They told of their activities in both high school and college and noted that involvement in sports and music help in making friends and learning leadership skills as colleges looking for leaders.

Enoch High School Counselor and Park View Parent Jen Brogan along with Ripon High counselor Dawn Goudeau shared a Power Point presentation detailing what the students need to be doing now to prepare themselves for high school.

The women touched on the requirement to get into college and the grade point averages that are specific to certain colleges for admission.

The students learned that it is sometimes better to go to a community college such as MJC or Delta College for the first two years before going onto a more costly four year college or university.  The cost for a junior college is $49 per unit throughout California. 

Modesto Junior College guarantees their units to be transferrable to a four year institution, Brogan noted.  She added that Santa Barbara City College is a beautiful place to go and it is right on the ocean.

Students wanting to go into medicine or law are most likely going to apply to the schools in the UC System that are also “more rigorous” to get into, it was noted, with UCLA being the most difficult to get accepted.

Out of the 23 CSU facilities up and down the state Cal Poly San Louis Obispo is the toughest to get into focusing on engineering and science.

Ripon High Counselor Dawn Goudeau urged the Park View students to “complete your homework every day” and keep an organized binder. 

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