Satanta High School Initiates Senior Mentoring Plan
By John Loewen
College planning can be a stressful part of a student’s senior year. Satanta High School is helping to make that process easier for students by creating a senior mentoring program. As a part of this process, all of the seniors took a survey on which they listed the names of colleges, universities, and technical schools that they are interested in. In addition, students reached out to a staff member of their choice at Satanta Jr.-Sr. High School asking him or her to serve as their mentor. These mentors will work one-on-one with their assigned students as a college and career coach.
The next step in the process came at an initial meeting for parents, students, and their mentors on September 17 at 7:00 p.m scheduled by USD 507 counselor Mrs. Teresa Anthony. Financial aid directors from Seward County Community College came and assisted those in attendance, which included 15 of the 16-member senior class, with starting the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process.
Mrs. Heather Stegman, new Satanta Jr.-Sr. High principal, said of this new mentoring program: “Applying to college the first time is exciting but can also be overwhelming. The mentoring program is a great opportunity for students and their families to have support as they navigate this new journey. It was amazing to have almost the entire class there with family and teacher support. We all want to see our students go on to achieve great things. This program is a great way to help students go out into the world prepared and supported.”
The next step in this program at SHS is to meet with members of the staff of Southern Pioneer Electric (SPE) to learn more about the company’s scholarship opportunities. SPE employees will also review the resumes created by the seniors in their English classes under the supervision of Mr. Ryan Burrows who received the support and assistance of USD 507 business instructor Mrs. Courtney Dunn.