Grambling State University welcomes high school, community college students with education, entertainment
By TIERRA SMITH
Grambling State University Media Bureau
A junior from Magnolia High School took a 90-minute bus ride from Arkansas to participate in Grambling State University’s annual High School Day.
Her sponsor, the Educational Talent Search, is a program designed to identify students with the potential to excel in higher education. This wasn’t Tiera Grissom’s first stop on her college tour. During the summer, she visited Atlanta’s Spelman College and Clark Atlanta University. “I heard about Grambling when we discussed all of the HBCUs in America,” said Grissom, 16 and an 11th grader.
Grambling State held its annual High School Day on Saturday, but it was renamed High School and Transfer Day this year to reach out more to community and technical college students. At least two busloads of students from Hinds Community College stopped at a nearby McDonald’s in Ruston then hit campus.
University students were actively involved in today’s events; meeting up with the Office of Admission at around 6 a.m. Students had the chance to take excited visitors on campus tours and share their love of Grambling.
Grisson enjoyed the experience. "Everyone seems to be passionate about what they do, and the school seems unified," said Grissom.
After tours, the high schoolers and transfer students headed to the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assemby Center to learn about Grambling State’s different degree programs and how to apply to the university and FASFA.
Grisson said “I like Grambling,” but couldn’t find the physical training education table during the meet and greet section. Still, she’s going to look online and check GSU’s options or find a related degree program.
In the midst of hundreds of students was Jaylon Vaughn. Even though he was born to Prairie View A&M University Panthers, he enjoyed his visit so much he’s thinking about becoming a Grambling State Tiger.
His parents, Tia and Jerome Vaughn, graduated from Prairie View in Houston, but Vaughn attended the event with some of his classmates from Stafford High School in Houston – and he liked it. “This experience was very inspiring,” said Vaughn, 17, who wants to study mechanical engineering.
For most students the most exciting part of the program was entertainment from the World Fame Tiger Marching Band, the cheerleading squad, the Orchesis Dance Company and different student organizations.
“The band was live,” said Vaughn. “They are just that bad.”
Jye Jackson could only imagine what it might have been like when his mother attended Grambling State in the early 1990s.
“She can still flip some,” the Dallas native said jokily about his former cheerleader mom. Kavayshia Allison was a Grambling State cheerleader for three years before she became pregnant with him.
"My mother told me that she loved Grambling,” said Jackson, a Hampton High Prep junior who wants to major in journalism. “She always encourages me to come here.”
He said there is a seven out of 10 chance he will choose GSU, though he’s still considering Xavier University in New Orleans.
Among others, Frank G. Pogue, the university’s president, Jordan Harvey, the student government association president and Ambra Brice, Miss Grambling State University, each spoke to the students about great legacy of Grambling State University in hopes to recruit them in the future.
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