The stats are in on Huntington High School’s Class of 2017. Of the 325 graduates, 67 percent are headed to four year colleges and 23 percent plan to attend two-year schools. Another 10 percent are expected to enter the military or a vocational program, immediately seek employment or take a “gap year” before enrolling in college.
Almost 96 percent of Class of 2017 members obtained some type of Regents diploma with 23 percent of them achieving Mastery in Math and/or Mastery in Science diploma seals. The seniors garnered nearly $19 million in scholarships.
Among all graduates, 40 percent earned Regents diplomas; one percent qualified for a Regents diploma with honors; 32 percent obtained Advanced Regents diplomas; 23 percent earned Advanced Regents diplomas with honors and four percent qualified for local diplomas.
Graduates are headed to a long list of local, state, regional, national and even international colleges and universities. The new alums plan to study at schools across the nation, including those located up and down the East Coast as well as others in the south, southwest and even on the West Coast.
Huntington High School’s college counseling center processed more than 2,000 college applications this past year, including many that were submitted for either early decision or early action.
The center is staffed by school counselor Bernadette Walsh and an office secretary. District Director Kitty Klein and Mrs. Walsh work closely together to ensure students and their parents receive all the assistance they need during the college application and selection process.
The college counseling center is one of the building’s most bustling aras. It boasts a library that is filled with hundreds of books, college guides and bulletins, newsletters and journals providing students with detailed descriptions of colleges and universities, academic programs and majors, courses of study and financial aid and scholarship information.
Computers equipped with high speed internet access allow students to complete interest surveys, communicate with college admission offices, search databases for vocational schools and colleges and even file applications on-line.
College admission representatives and athletic coaches are regular visitors to Huntington’s college counseling center. Students are able to meet with them and discuss their programs. The center also provides workshops on interviewing skills, essay writing, financing higher education and preparing a successful application. Those interested in studying at vocational or technical schools are also given a full range of assistance.