BEEVILLE – Coach Ukert’s junior class at A.C. Jones had a guest speaker on Tuesday, Oct. 29. Charles “Trey” Lewis III, deputy chief of staff to Congressman Filemon Vela, visited the high school to speak to the class about government, the 34th district and the importance of attending college.
“Congressman Filemon Vela is your representative, and he sent me here to talk to you about a few things, including how important it is to go to college,” Lewis began.
With a slide show presentation complete with pictures, statistics, information and comic videos to keep the students’ attention, Lewis spoke about “district issues” that he labeled as the Eagle Ford Shale, wind energy, the Naval Air Station in Kingsville, ranching and farming.
The second part of the presentation covered the ins and outs of college: admission standards, the application process, campus visits and the big topic, paying for college.
Lewis explained the importance of filling out the FAFSA, the application for financial aid from which students can get grants and loans to help with college expenses. “Make a game plan,” he said. “Eventually, they will award all of the money they have for the year in grants, and all that will be leftover are loans, which you have to pay back. So make sure you get the application in before the deadline,” Lewis urged.
Lewis also suggested that students choose a few different schools to apply to. “Apply to your dream school, but also choose a few backups so you have options,” he said.
The juniors said they had taken the PSAT, but none had taken the SAT. A few named schools they were thinking about attending after high school, including Coastal Bend College and Texas A&M University.
Lindsey Shaffer is the regional editor at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 119, or at regional@mySouTex.com.