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MVHS seniors making plan
Future athletic trainer, Devon Hamel; Guidance Counselor Jim Ippolito; future physical therapist, Chrissy Briggs; and future pastry chef, Chelsea Gaudet, discuss possible colleges.
RUMFORD -- Seniors at Mountain Valley High School begin making formal plans for their lives after high school with an interview with their guidance counselor, either Jim Ippolito or Trina Fortin.
“For students going on to college, it’s an important first step,” explained Ippolito. “We discuss what they hope to do and what school they are interested in applying to. I also gather information for their recommendation.”
Devon Hamel said, “My plans are to attend University of Maine to major in athletic training and play football.”
“When I grow up, I plan on being a physical therapist and having a good job,” said Chrissy Briggs.
Chelsea Gaudet has plans for college and beyond. “My goal after high school is to go to either Johnson and Wales University or Southern New Hampshire University and study baking and pastry arts. I wish to have my own bakery one day and make amazing deserts and treats.”
“Parents have a role in this planning process too,” said Ippolito. “They can encourage students to apply to college, take them on college visits and generally support them through this sometimes difficult transition. A lot of the financial planning often falls on the parents.”
To help parents financial planning the MVHS guidance department will host a financial aid night on Thursday from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the library/media center. Trisha Malloy, Central Maine Community College financial aid director, will provide information on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) form, scholarships and the financial aid process. Senior students and their parents are encouraged to attend.