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AVID Scholars shine at Western Oregon University "Make WOU Happen" event

AVID students from Aloha and Westview High Schools participated in the Western Oregon Instant Admission Day – Make WOU Happen Day on September 29, 2017.  Sixteen Aloha and 20 Westview seniors were accepted.

The goal of the Making WOU Happen program is to assist students through the college search and selection process. It is a great opportunity for them to learn about various aspects of college life as well as the countless resources available to help them achieve their goals.

Much like the AVID elective classes at all District middle, high and options schools, Making WOU Happen is intended to serve high school students that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education, such as those who are ethnic minorities, first generation, and/or from low-income backgrounds. Program sessions and activities are primarily intended to address the needs of high school seniors, but juniors are welcome to attend.

Each of the students who participated in the event filled out the application for admission, wrote heartfelt essays and showed up dressed for success.  "After visiting with the student ambassadors, many said, 'I want to go to this school!' and 'This school is perfect for me!' At the end of the day, when the result letters were finally delivered, students were thrilled to be considered and most accepted. Getting accepted to college is a dream for all of them. It's only just beginning," says Aloha High School AVID teacher, Martina Pedersen.

Students who were not accepted were encouraged to submit personal statements and letters of recommendation for further consideration. 

When asked what the Make WOU Happen event meant to her, Aloha High School senior, Izzy Patterson exclaimed, "My Western Oregon University experience was amazing! The campus was beautiful and had a lot of indoor activities. Seeing the many attractions and learning about all the dorms, majors and minors that they had, made me really excited about having a future there. When I opened that letter, and I read the word " ACCEPTED," I was so excited. I feel like the day was preparing me for my first year in college, and now I want to better myself as I continue with my last year of high school."