CROWN POINT — With Crown Point Central School’s 200 students seated in gym bleachers, teacher Crystal Farrell asked how many of them wanted to go to college.
There was an enthusiastic roar from students, and almost every hand went up.
At that recent ceremony, College for Every Student Program Director Tara Lambert presented the school with a School of Distinction banner.
Five North Country schools, out of 200 nationwide in College for Every Student’s program, received the honor this year.
The nonprofit organization, based in Essex, says its mission is to help underserved students prepare for and gain admission to college. It offers a variety of programs that prepare students for college and help them succeed once they’re there.
SYMBOL OF DEDICATION
Lambert said College for Every Student was recognizing Crown Point for its efforts to raise college awareness and aspirations among students.
“This status is testimony that Crown Point Central School not only developed and executed an exemplary plan for its CFES Scholars but also helped the entire school become more college-ready.”
CFES Scholars are targeted students in the group’s three core programs: Leadership through Service, Mentoring, and Pathways to College.
College Leadership Team members Drew Malone, Sam LaPointe, Amanda Wolf, Taylor Booth and Jake Mildon accepted the banner for Crown Point.
“I congratulate you and your school for attaining this honor and for all you do to create opportunities for students,” Lambert said. “This banner is an outward symbol of your dedication and hard work.”
LaPointe, a junior, said after the ceremony that this is his third year on the Leadership Team.
“This is a small-town school, so this is a great honor, a national honor. Not many schools get it.”
Crown Point Guidance Counselor Andrea McDonald said the award was cause for celebration.