Sixty freshmen, six teachers, and four parents left Mary G. Montgomery's campus Thursday morning, April 23rd at 6:00 a.m. headed on a college campus tour. Ms. Stephanie Lesley, the Freshman Academy Administrator, believes that waiting until the junior year of high school is too late for students to visit colleges. According to Ms. Lesley, her belief was proven to be correct as the college admissions counselors stood before the 60 freshmen and explained the stringent requirements for college admission. If the students were in the spring of their junior years, it would be too late for them to bring up their grade point averages. It would also be too late to go back and begin taking the ACT earlier. The freshmen at MGM are now convinced of the importance of their classroom performance as well as that of their college entrance exam scores.
The students spent a half-day each at the University of Southern Mississippi, the University of Alabama, the University of Alabama at Birmingham, and Auburn University. Each college except Southern Miss provided the students with a meal on campus which turned out to be a big hit with the students. Eating meals on the college campuses with college students was awesome, and gave the students a true picture of college life.
Tours were conducted at each university, and students were given opportunities to ask questions and visit actual student dormitories. MGM alumni, who are currently attending each university, dropped by to encourage the students.
Only students with good grades, attendance, and behavior were allowed to participate in the Viking Voyage and on the final day of the trip, the students went to Six Flags over Georgia.
This three-day trip was an exciting, fun event for all involved. MGM's Freshman Academy program looks forward to making this trip an annual event and hopes that each year, more and more students will take part.
What a great trip for the freshmen. Maybe a trip to South Alabama, University of Mobile, and Springhill College could be added for each Sophmore class. I am proud to have been able to teach many of you. Best of luck in the future. Coach Willis, Semmes Middle
I saw the slide show of the trip today. What an invaluable experience that must have been for all who went. I can't think of a better motivator for the freshmen or a better opportunity for making decisions that will truly mold their future.