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Clarke Central seniors declare their futures at school’s “Decision Day”

Clarke Central graduates stood up and told their classmates their college or military plans on Friday at the school’s annual “Decision Day,” and it was clear the class of 2015 will soon be scattered to the four winds. From Harvard to Clemson, Cal-Berkeley to Dickinson College, the U.S. Marines to Truett-McConnell, Vanderbilt to Arizona, the Clarke seniors’ college and career choices span most of the United States.

Their plans for careers showed just as much variety, from astrophysics or theater, nursing or psychology, computer science and business.

More than 200 of Clarke Central’s 279 seniors are headed to college or the military next year, said Darnell Shelton, a recent Morehouse College graduate who is the school’s college adviser and a member of the Georgia College Advising Corps.

The corps is a program sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Institute of Higher Education. It is designed to help first-generation college, under-represented and low-income students get into post-secondary schools, and to graduate from them.

It works, too, said Clarke Central Principal Robbie Hooker, looking on as the seniors declared their intentions and then attended a reception in the school’s gymnasium.

“It has been a great resource,” Hooker said.

Complete article by Lee Shearer, Saturday, May 2, 2015 (Athens Banner-Herald)