July 25, 2017
Weeklong camp connects students with university representatives from across the US
TAHLEQUAH, Okla. – Cherokee Nation Foundation recently wrapped up its sixth annual Cherokee College Prep Institute at Carl Albert State College in Poteau. Nearly 30 high school juniors and seniors were in attendance this year, connecting with university representatives from across the nation.
“CCPI has grown so much throughout the years, and we are beyond thankful for the support we continue to receive from our academic partners,” said Janice Randall, executive director of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “In only six years we have helped hundreds of Cherokee students prepare to chase their dreams and know that they will achieve great things for themselves and for the Cherokee Nation.”
The weeklong program helped students explore schools of interest, research scholarship opportunities and navigate the application process.
“We push the students to get outside of their comfort zones and explore all possibilities,” said Jennifer Sandoval, program coordinator of the Cherokee Nation Foundation. “Once they gather all the information and consider scholarships, they may find that their dream school is within reach and may be more affordable than they thought. Our staff is here to help guide them through the process and connect them to information and resources that will allow them to make the best decision for their future.”
The students stayed in traditional dorms and got to explore the campus to gain a better understanding of what college life is really like.
“I will be a first generation college student, and this camp has helped me more than they know,” said Cole Chandler, senior at Claremore High School. “I have attended three CNF camps in the past, and each one has helped prepare me in different ways. This year, the admissions counselors gave me a different outlook on the application process and helped me identify what to look for in the university I choose to attend.”
This year’s students included the following:
Caleb Armer, Muldrow High School
Brandon Berry, Tahlequah High School
Sophia Berry, Tahlequah High School
Cole Chandler, Claremore High School
Faith Cude, Homeschool
Gabriell Cude, Homeschool
Allison Draeger, Chelsea High School
Madison Duehning, Guthrie High School
Ty Earp, Welch High School
Cade Floyd, Muldrow High School
Levi Gassaway, Hilldale High School
Cole Goodnight, Tahlequah High School
Mackenzie Hackworth, Sequoyah High School
Ryan Hembree, Tahlequah High School
Lauren Hoffman, Bishop Kelley High School
Riley Jensen, Claremore High School
Kylee Johnson, Bixby High School
Nicholas LaRosa, Westview High School
Zane Marzullo, Tahlequah High School
Katelyn McGhee, Grove High School
Kelsey McGhee, Grove High School
Sarah Moore, University City High School
Seth Sifuentes, Muldrow High School
Lilly Sosa, Tahlequah High School
Katie Stice, Liberty High School
Aspen Sumner, Claremore High School
Hannah Taylor, Oologah High School
Cade Weatherton, Arkoma High School
CCPI curriculum was developed in cooperation with College Horizons, the U.S. Department of Education and the Princeton Review. The lessons focused on ACT strategies, essay writing, interview skills and time management.
Participating universities included University of Arkansas, Bacone College, Carl Albert State College, University of Central Oklahoma, Duke University, KY-WV-LSAMPS/STEM, Northeastern State University, Oklahoma State University, Pomona College, University of Pennsylvania, Rogers State University and Yale University.