Southeast Wisconsin’s top African American seniors invited for fourth year to 100 Black Men’s Honors InvitationalNovember 2, 2012 // 0 Comments
Thirteen of the sixteen students who attended the 100 Black Men’s Honors Invitational attended a reception prior to their trip to Chicago. (Photo by Yvonne Kemp)
by Taki S. Raton
Sixteen seniors from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit and Madison school districts were listed among the more than 200 students attending the Sixth Annual Honors Students (HSR) at the University of Illinois’ Chicago Circle UIC Forum.
Sponsored by the 100 Black Men Chicago Chapter, the invitational HSR is scheduled yearly on the second Friday in October in conjunction with their public Annual College Fair held the following day.
In association with the 100 Black Men Milwaukee Chapter, this is the fourth year since 2009 that Milwaukee has been granted the opportunity to participate in this exclusive senior event and the third consecutive year since 2010 that invitations were shared with select Wisconsin school districts.
High schools represented this year in Milwaukee include, Messmer, Marquette University High School, Riverside, Rufus King, Milwaukee School of Languages, Milwaukee High School of the Arts, Divine Savior Holy Angels and Nicolet High School in Glendale, Wisconsin. Students were additionally selected from Bradford High School in Kenosha, Beloit Memorial High School in Beloit, Wisconsin and from Madison West High School in Madison.
Students in attendance were able to interact with college and university representatives from around the country, many of whom were of Ivy League status. The purpose of this gathering was to inspire dialogue exploring admissions and scholarship prospects.
Campus representatives were well aware that on this Friday’s invitational, they were interacting with top-of-the line potential applicants.
A sampling of the colleges and universities represented included Morehouse College, Notre Dame University, Carleton College, Illinois Institute of Technology, Princeton University, Notre Dame University, University of Minnesota, Wellesley College, US Air Force Academy, University of Michigan, Colorado College, Yale University, DePaul University, Eastern Michigan University, Howard University, Dartmouth College, Harvard College, Knox College, Purdue University, Brown University, and Northern Illinois University.
“This event gave me the chance to actually meet and speak with representatives from colleges that I had only seen and heard about online,” said Beverly Alomepe, a senior at Milwaukee School of Languages.
“It also gave me a chance to ask questions that I have always wanted to ask about specific campuses. Overall, it was an awakening experience and I am very glad I attended,” she adds.
Beloit’s Samantha DeForest-Davis noted that “This was a great opportunity to see what is out there. It opened my eyes to colleges to which I had never thought of applying. And it was wonderful seeing other students like myself who are serious about their future and trying to better themselves and their communities.”
Bradford High School’s Colin Barushok said that he was “very impressed with the caliber of students who were present and it was indeed an honor to be invited.”
Nine parent chaperons accompanied the students to Chicago. James Harris, father of Divine Savior Holy Angels senior Morgan Harris recalls that “I found this event sponsored by the 100 Black Men of Chicago to be quite enlightening for our young leaders of tomorrow.”
He adds that “not only was the evening very well organized, but the college representatives were extremely knowledgeable and helpful with information on their respective campuses and they took the time to answer questions and provide guidance on admissions and scholarship details.
“I would recommend the Honors Student Reception to any parent with high achieving college bound students.”
Beverly’s father, Evan Alomepe said of the HSR that, “It has been an eye-opening experience for both my daughter and myself. It was very helpful to talk to college representatives and examine their brochures. Also, networking with other parents present with their seniors was very inspiring.”
Beverly Resch, mother of Madison West senior Isaiah Scott thought that the HSR was, “A great opportunity for students and exposed them to many colleges and universities that they were probably not aware of prior to attending this event. The food was also delicious!”
100 Black Men of Chicago Board Chair Craig Gilmore said of the event that the area’s “most prepared high school seniors shared their Friday evening meeting with representatives from 35 nationally prominent colleges and universities discussing their college aspirations.”
He adds that, “given all that we hear about our young people and their lack of direction and the apathy of parents, it was gratifying to see both parents and students engaged in life-altering conversations. Proof positive, that when provided a choice, our young people will choose educational opportunities.”
In association with the 100 Black Men Milwaukee Chapter, a meet-and-greet send-off gathering was held at the Wisconsin African American Women’s Center (WAAWC), 3020 West Vliet for the area students and parents before boarding the carpeted coach bus provided by Providence Baptist Church.
College Access Center – North director Charnessa Dunlap-Parker, Springfield College Professor Dr. Warren Braden and WAAWC co-founder Josephine Hill were invited to provide congratulatory remarks to the guest.
As of 2011, a total of 75 students from Milwaukee, Kenosha, Beloit, and Madison who have met the 3.3 GPA minimum and 23 cum or above on the ACT have been identified and invited to the HSR.
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