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Photo by Pat Sunderland DHS senior Uriah Higgs (left) learns about lineman apprenticeships offered by Western Colorado Electrical JATC at the first annual Procrastinator's Fair. Over 30 area education providers, employers, military reps, community profess

Graduation is just three months away, but some Delta High School seniors are still undecided about post-graduation plans. To provide direction, DHS hosted a "Procrastinator's Fair" that featured six four-year and vocational colleges, as well as the opportunity to explore careers in the military, mechanics, health, emergency services, engineering, construction trades and more.

"This was a transition event to support graduating seniors as they finalize their college and career goals," explained DHS counselor Shawna Magtutu.

Resources were provided to help students finalize the college and financial aid processes, complete scholarship applications, and learn how to search for jobs and summer internships.

Student participation was heightened through a scavenger hunt. Many of the booths also had candy or "swag." At the conclusion of the Procrastinator's Fair, the names of participating students were entered into a raffle for door prizes.

Juniors finished SAT prep strategies for the upcoming state SAT in April, then visited the last 30 minutes of the Procrastinator's Fair to learn about summer internships, college applications and scholarships.

Sophomores were engaged in educational and inspiring cross-cultural experiences with a 60-minute narrated documentary film presentation from Telluride Mountain Film Tours.

Freshmen worked on their career and academic goal essays and completed a freshmen transition survey.

Freshmen, sophomores and juniors also reviewed their credits, learned how they fit into graduation requirements and selected their courses for the 2017-18 school year.

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