By AZANIA BRIGGS
Grambling State University Media Bureau
Grambling, LA - Grambling State University was the first school Dajah Taylor visited on her search to find the college of her choice before she graduates in May 2014.
Hundreds of young students from various schools filled the Fredrick C. Hobdy Assembly Center in celebration of High School and Transfer Day at Grambling State University on Saturday.
The day began at 6 a.m. and continued through the G-Men’s football game against Texas Southern University. Registered students and transfers learned about the university’s career and course offerings during a campus tour.
“This is the first time I’ve ever been in Grambling,” said Taylor, 17, from Maumelle High School in Maumelle, Ark. “It’s really big and is also the first college I’ve visited.”
Grambling State University has hosted High School Day for at least 20 years in an effort to get more students interested in becoming Gramblinites.
In the Assembly Center, high school students and potential transfer students devoured ham and turkey sandwiches, turkey sandwiches and potato chips while listening to popular music spun by DJ Twin. GSU clubs and organizations presented themselves to the eager crowd of students, advisors and teachers. Attendees witnessed the World Famed Tiger Marching Band dance and play their instruments as the school’s nationally ranked cheerleaders performed backflips and acrobatics.
“I’m thinking about coming to Grambling because it’s close and my mother Erin Walker works for residential life on campus went here,” said Kenneth Walker, 18, a senior at Ruston High School, as he watched members of Iota Phi Theta Fraternity execute a fast-paced stroll on the arena floor.
According to university officials, more than 900 people participated in the event.
“We brought a group of 43 kids here so they can experience Grambling college life,” said Marcia Menyweather, 48, a 1986 GSU graduate and member of the Grambling University National Alumni Association’s Dallas Chapter. “We’ve been coming to High School Day for the past nine years in hopes that one student will come here.”
“I love Grambling!” exclaimed Marquie Jones, 17, a senior at J.A. Fair High School who visited GSU for his fourth High School Day. “My mother graduated from Grambling and it feels just like home to me.”
Faculty and staff from Peabody High School and Arthur F. Smith Middle School attended the event with 56 students in tow.
“We’re sister schools that have been coming here for the last seven years, but I remember going to Peabody High School in 2000 and going to High School Day in Grambling,” said Carletha Stewart, 30, a paraprofessional at Peabody High School in Alexandria, La.
“Because we are a low socio-economic school, I think Grambling will give students a sense of pride and let them know that they can do something after they graduate high school, said Stewart. “My mother is (an) alumnae and my sister is an alumnae of Grambling.”
“The Mildred S. Jones Alumni Association sponsors the majority Black schools in Alexandria to come to GSU’s High School Day,” said Renisha Beaudion, 35, a teacher at Arthur F. Smith Middle School and an assistant instructor of kinesiology at GSU.
“Some of our students get their degrees from Grambling, then come back to Alexandria to do good things for the community, said Beaudion, a 2000 GSU leisure studies graduate.
“It’s nice all over Grambling,” said Jacorey Sanders, 15, from Clark High School in Plano, Texas, who visited Grambling for the first time. “I was surprised at all the African American people I saw because I’ve never been at a black college until now.”
“We grew up around mostly Caucasian people but Grambling is very turned up,” said C.J. Wall, 14, from Clark High School. “It’s too early for me to go to college, but it seems like a very fun school.”
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