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Prospective students enjoy the Alcorn experience during High School Day

That ole’ Brave spirit filled the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex during Alcorn State University’s annual High School Day festivities Saturday, Nov. 13. A host of Greek organizations and student-centered clubs provided entertainment for its visitors with Greek stroll-offs, a modeling show by modeling squad TREND, music, and a performance from the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (SOD) Drumline.

Prospective students experienced the fun HBCU culture and what the University has to offer academically. Various departments set up tables to showcase the quality education that’s available to them if they choose to attend.

Sydney Graham, a student from McLaurin High School, has Alcorn as one of her top choices for college. If she chooses Alcorn, she will be a third-generation Alcornite in her family. 

“I am strongly thinking about attending Alcorn since my grandparents and dad came here. If so, I want to be a biology major because I want to be a doctor,” said Graham. 

Some alumni came out to enjoy the festivities as well. Amanda Carter, a 1973 graduate was proud to attend the event with her granddaughter.

“I’m always excited to come to Alcorn because this was my beginning after high school. I sent two of my sons here, and they both marched for the Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite (SOD) and it’s just been so exciting. My first grandchild is here now, and I’ll always enjoy coming because it’s a family atmosphere and an experience I will never forget,” said Carter. 

Saturday’s event was the first High School Day experience for the newer employees in attendance. Roslyn White, assistant vice president for enrollment management, was thrilled about the turnout of students who registered.

“This is my first year here, so it’s really wonderful to see many students come. We had over 800 students registered for the event, so it's a great way for them to check out our academic programs, tour campus, and have fun,” said White. 

Professor of Military Science, LTC Jackey Fortenberry, was proud to inform students about the ROTC program and what they offer.

“It feels great to showcase what the students here at Alcorn do, as well as, promoting the ROTC and the benefits that we can offer to the other students at the University,” said LTC Jackey Fortenberry. 

Lastly, students packed Jack Spinks-Marino Casem Stadium to watch the Alcorn Braves football team claim the victory over Prairie View, which kept the Braves’s SWAC championship hopes alive.