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Congratulations 2011 Graduates! You Are the Future of Our Community!

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Abbeville High School Seniors 2011

Siddrick August

Augustus Necraigen

Ebonie Baudoin

Lara Baudoin

Derrick Beaudeaux

Sadie Beckett

Danisha Bessard

Rechelle Bessard

Destry Bodin

Jasmine Bolden

Brandon Breaux

Glennisha Briggs

Nikolette Broussard

John Bui

Jennah Cabrol

Lakira Campbell

Tyra Chambers

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Abbeville High School Seniors 2011

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Alexia Dozier

Delani Duhon

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Abbeville High School Seniors 2011

Brice Landry

Akeem Lewis

John Miller

Eric Landry

Alessio Lavino

Brenna Lognion

Luis Lopez-Martinez

Simon Mitchell

Gerald Minnick

Garrett Lege

Nicholas Levine

Dameon Levine

Dreyon Levine

Bryce Luquette

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Marrisa Melancon

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Abbeville High School Seniors 2011

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Malcolm Petry

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Abbeville High School Seniors 2011

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Some 550 graduates set to graduate this week Some 550 young adults around Vermilion Parish will begin the next phase of their respective lives beginning later this week. Commencement ceremonies for high schools in the parish will mark the exit of the Class of 2011. Nine schools throughout Vermilion Parish will be bid adieu to graduates. Gueydan High School and Harvest Time Christian Academy will get the ball rolling. Both schools will hold graduations

this Thursday. Gueydan will hold the ceremony for its 35 grads Thursday at 7 p.m. in the school’s gym. Harvest Time, which has seven graduates, is also set for a 7 p.m. ceremony. The event will be held at Magdalen Place. Things will continue Friday when grads from three schools don caps and gowns. Abbeville High will pack Wildcats Stadium at 7 p.m. on the campus of J.H. Williams. The school will send 120 students off into the

world. Delcambre High will honor 46 students on the same night. That ceremony is scheduled for 6 p.m. in the DHS gym. Kaplan High will begin its march at 7:30 p.m. at Ed Douglas Memorial Stadium. Taking part will be 105 soon-to-be alumni. Saturday night is all right for a graduation, at least for Erath High and North Vermilion High. Both schools will say goodbye to grads on

May 21. Erath will holds its ceremony for 117 at 7:30 p.m in Robert J. Segura Stadium. North Vermilion is set for 5:30 p.m. ceremony in its gym. NV has 120 grads. Vermilion Catholic will round out the ceremonies in the parish on Monday, May 23. VC’s 38 grads will be honored at St. Mary Magdalen at 7 p.m.


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Gift ideas for college-bound grads tem. While kids likely wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be able to fit such a system in their dorm room, a flat-screen TV can fit into any dorm room and give freshmen a little home away from home. * Computer: Todayâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s computers are more affordable than ever, and every incoming freshman can make good use of a new computer. When shopping, keep laptop computers in mind, as kids can take laptops along with them to class and study groups. If grads already have a new or relatively new computer, consider upgrading the computerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s accessories. For example, a new set of computer speakers can increase a computerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s functionality and might even serve as a less bulky home theater system. * Money: Though itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s not

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Graduation season is right around the corner and scores of high schoolers are preparing to leave the nest for the first time. Parents of high school seniors often want to find a gift that both symbolizes the significance of graduation and proves useful in the fall when kids take their first step onto a college campus. Though most high school kids would love a new car for graduation, such a gift is not within reach for most parents nor is it practical, as many colleges donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t allow incoming freshmen to have cars on campus. While they might not be a new car, the following gifts can put a smile on a new gradâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s face and prove useful at college, too. * Gaming console: Gamers may love to pack the latest gaming console among their belongings when they head off to college this fall. Though parents might want their kids hitting the books instead of playing video games, a gaming console can provide a welcome respite for college kids stressing out over their studies. In addition, gaming con-

incredibly personal, money is a gift no college-bound recent graduate will turn down. Kids are going to need money more than ever before while theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re at college, where theyâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll need to buy books, food and cover their social expenses. Parents might not want to give their favorite new grads money for graduation, but such a gift makes perfect sense for aunts, uncles or other distant relatives. * Furniture: Most dorm rooms are anything but roomy, but college-bound grads are still going to need some furniture. Consider functional furniture, such as bins, organizers or a new computer chair, that might not be as glamourous but will be very useful and effective.


A new gaming console can make a graduation gift for college-bound high school grads.

soles can be great ice-breakers, providing the avenue by which incoming freshmen can meet and befriend their fellow dorm dwellers. Some interactive gaming consoles, including the Nintendo Wii, can even help freshmen fight off the infamous â&#x20AC;&#x153;Freshman

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Most popular college majors selected by freshmen Biology, communication two top choices Thousands of high schoolers will be graduating in a few weeks and many will be going on to college in the fall, a decision that may have been difficult to make. When pondering their futures, high schoolers may wonder whether college is necessary and a smart choice for success. Although every student is different and there are scenarios that can affect anyoneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s future, the decision to attend college is generally beneficial. It often opens up doors and opportunities in the workplace that a high school diploma alone cannot. Here are some things to consider: * Ours is a global economy with many job applicants being pooled from all over the world. A higher education becomes a necessity rather than a luxury. * College may open up opportunities for internships, which offer hands-on experience in particular fields. * College can help develop social skills that are a benefit in and out of the workplace. * Generally college graduates earn higher salaries than those who only have a high school diploma. When students go on to college, there are some majors that prove more popular than others. But the most popular makors donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t always ensure the best-paying or most rewarding jobs. According to, here are the more popular college majors and what they generally pay in salary. * Biology: A biology degree is often the first step in a career in medicine. Biologists may specialize in biochemistry and pharmaceuticals, which may offer careers that pay a little more. Biology majors can expect to earn between $39,000 to $45,000. * Business Administration:These graduates are often in the right path for careers in real estate and infrastructure of big com-

panies. These grads often go on to get MBAs and eventually become executives, some even CEOs. Starting salaries are among the more lucrative at around $57,000. * Communications: These majors are often in competition with English majors for the same jobs, which can include interpreting visual and verbal messages, advertising, journalism, public relations, and speech writing. Salaries may start around $31,000. * Criminal Justice: These graduates have a number of options at their disposal, but tend to gravitate to law enforcement. Government jobs can be stable and lucrative, and a good option for criminal justice majors. Starting salaries average about $38,000. * Elementary education: Education is one of the few careers that continues to grow and provide good options for applicants. Although good teachers are an asset to future students and workers, a teacher earns the lowest starting salary of the most popular majors, averaging just $29,500. * Nursing:Nursing is one of the largest industries inside of the health care niche and continues to add workers. Nurses have a wide range of options in jobs. Salaries begin around $41,000. * Psychology: This is the second most popular major, usually for students who are unsure as to where they want to go in college. Psychology students often combine their major with others to have a specific concentration, such as adolescent counseling or teaching. Starting salaries are around $46,000. College can unlock doors in the career world. Depending on what students want to earn after graduation, college majors should be based on interests and earning potential.

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Delcambre High School Seniors 2011

Ashley Aucoin

Drew Campbell

Jessica Boudreaux

Dylan Castille

Jenny Bouillion

Brett Chauvin

Kristi Bourgeois

Cammie Cheramine

Ben Bourque

Dylan Bourque

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Cameron Dartez

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Delcambre High School Seniors 2011

Chelsi Erwin

Ryne Esponge

Brooke Floris

Lance Gaspard

Drake Glatter

Cody Hass

Latoya Jules

James Lancaster

Celie Landry

Drey Landry

Macie Landry

Taylor Lecamus

Tara Lewis

Tevin Lewis

Joey Meaux

Lauren Migues

Sammi Migues

Brooke Mire

Katie Robichaux

Madison Saunier

Davin Segura

Kali Simon

Dillion Suire

Macie Terrebonne

Andrew Touchet

Taylor Hernandez

Amy Hughes

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Grad ceremony ideas for homeschooled students All across the country students and parents choose to go the less-traditional educational route by participating in homeschooling. Even though students are not being educated in a formal school building, seniors who are about to graduate often desire traditional ceremonies to mark the end of their formative school years. The U.S. Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences (IES) reports that there are between 1.5 and 2 million homeschooled children. There are a number of reasons students and parents forgo a traditional school setting. Many cite preferences to receive religious or moral lessons in addition to secular coursework. Others are concerned about the school environment, such as safety or peer pressure. Some are dissatisfied with the academic institution. Even if students are schooled at home, they must meet milestones and standards set by the particular school district or state. Once students have completed a set number of credits or coursework, they are eligible to “graduate” from high school. Homeschooled students may want a formal ceremony to mark the momentous occasion. Depending on the homeschooling scenario, students can have individual ceremonies or as part of a group effort. Many students participate under an umbrella

Homeschooled children can have their own graduation celebration.

homeschooling association. This may be overseen by members of a church or other organization. All of the students who participate with this organization can graduate together. Parents and other educators can coordinate a ceremony to take place at a local auditorium. Students who are homeschooled on an individual basis can invite friends and family to attend a small ceremony administered by the parent or educator who has been responsible for the student’s education. This can take place at home, restaurant or other special locale. This ceremony can be as personalized as the student desires. Homeschooled students can rent traditional caps and gowns if they choose to dress the part of a graduate for

photos. There’s also the possibility of contacting the local school district and seeing if a homeschooled student can participate with that school for the commencement ceremony. Parents and other educators who want to create personalized diplomas and other items for the homeschooled students can use Web sites like They offer a number of customizable items from rings to certificates. Students who have received a quality education while being homeschooled can participate in the traditional memory-makers, including a formal commencement ceremony. The intimate nature of the event can lead to a number of unique possibilities.

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Vermilion Parish Graduates prepare for senior trip As graduation edges closer every week, seniors around the parish grow ever more anxious, excited at the thought of the dawn of a new chapter in their lives. Finals, college, work, Senior Projects, and the realization that they are growing up have been putting great stress and strain on the minds of our youth over the past couple months. Luckily, many years ago, a tradition was startedâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;a tradition that was intended to relieve our next generation of all the anxiety and worry that has been trailing them up to this point in their high school careers. Today, we casually refer to this tradition as senior trip. Customarily, these trips are intended for the graduating class to get together one last time and have as much fun as possible before heading their separate ways to their respective futures. With

the advent of summer following close behind graduation, locales including beaches or waterworks are always popular venues. This year, a lot of our seniors are following this rule of thumb. A group of Abbeville High graduates, including their record-breaking track star, Rechelle Bessard, and All-District Defensive End, Akeem Lewis, are going on a cruise to Cozumel and Progresso, two particularly popular tropical beaches. Their trip was completely planned by a network of supportive parents who intend to chaperone their travels. Other groups from around the parish plan to spend their time on less exotic shores. Another parent-organized group from AHS, as well as a group of students from their neighboring school, Vermilion Catholic, intend to make their way to Destin, Fla. to

have their fun in the sun. A popular destination this year, many Kaplan seniors also plan to make an appearance at the Floridian beaches. Some people do not regiment their outings to be strictly for fun and relaxation purposes. North Vermilionâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Sahylie Peltier, a commonly recognized figure in the musical world, plans to fly out to Italy. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I would like to experience firsthand the culture and see all of the historical sites that Italy has to offer,â&#x20AC;? Peltier said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;While taking in the sights and sounds, though, Peltier plans to get in some old-fashioned â&#x20AC;&#x153;R & R.â&#x20AC;? Alessio Lavino, another Abbeville Wildcat, and future LSU Tiger, is also preparing to make his way to Italy. Lavino, however, has family that lives in that area and, having seen much of the country already, will spend

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North Vermilion High Seniors 2011

Kristopher Abshire

Kelsey Ambrose

Kimberly Andrews

Coreland Atkinson

Jacob Benoit

Zachary Bourque

Alexis Broussad

Alix Broussard

Brittnay Broussard

Heidi Broussard

Katrina Broussard

Kevin Broussard

Tori Broussard

Myles Bunker

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Kimberly Carrasco

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North Vermilion High Seniors 2011

Courtney Cormier

Brent Duhon

Raymond Cormier

Taylor Duhon

Anthony Daigle

Brittany Durio

Morgan Daigle

Kylee Fabre

Alex Dardar

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North Vermilion High Seniors 2011

Benjamin James

Nicholas Johnston

Taylor Jones

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Cody Lavergne

Brittany Leblanc

Kourtney Leblanc

Ralina Leblanc

Cade Marceaux

Christian Mccall

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North Vermilion High Seniors 2011

Zachary Romero

Amber Sellers

Joshua Thompson

Jonathan Rost

Austin Shumaker

Cindy Touchet

Jordan Rost

Brittany Ryder

Shanice Sam

Macie Sanders

Thai Schexnaider

Kelsey Scott

Kacy Simon

Casey Sonnier

Haylee Sonnier

Ryan Stelly

Janae Theriot

Megan Thibeaux

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Grandparents may help pay for college In the 2010-11 school year, the average cost of a college education continued to rise. According to the College Board, in-state tuition for a four-year public university was $7,605, which marked a nearly 8 percent increase from the previous school year. At private fouryear institutions, the average cost was slightly more than $27,000, which was less than a 5 percent increase from a year earlier. Many parents may wince at hearing such figures, particularly when they learn the cost of going to the local state school is rising more rapidly than it is at a private institution. While there might not be much parents can do to decrease the cost of a college education for their children, there are myriad options for parents hoping to soften the blow. One such option might involve Grandma and Grandpa. Grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; past affiliations, including their employers past and present as well as any memberships in unions or even religious organizations, could very well make their grandchildren eligible for college scholarhips. Colleges may also offer scholarships based on additional criteria, including an applicantâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s legacy status, a grandparentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; military service or even family ancestry. Legacy Scholarships Certain colleges and universities provide legacy

scholarships to descendants of alumni. These scholarships vary depending on the college or university, and many are not full scholarships. Still, legacy scholarships are rarely advertised, so parents and grandparents who want to help pay for their child or grandchildâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s education should inquire with the university as soon as their child begins looking at schools. Military Service Scholarships More often than not, a military service scholarship is restricted to the child of a military veteran. However, some scholarships exist for the grandchildren of men and women who served in the military. The local American Legion might be able to help

parents find such scholarships at nearby universities. Ancestry Scholarships Scholarships based on ancestry or ethnicity are more common than parents might know. Eligibility varies, but some scholarships only require an incoming student to have one parent of a particular ethnic descent (i.e., one Irish or Irish American grandparent). Finding such scholarships will likely require research on Mom and Dadâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s part, but parents of high school-aged children can get a head start and begin their research when their child is a freshman or sophomore. Paying for college has increasingly become a family



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What to wear underneath graduation gown Each school and ageold tradition will dictate what color cap and gown a graduate will wear, but it is often up to the graduate when it comes to what is underneath the gown. There are some choices graduates can make to be comfortable and classy. Graduation ceremonies generally take place in the summer, when it can be quite warm. Combine this with a polyester graduation gown and several hundred people squeezed into a school auditorium and it can be quite hot. Choices in clothing under the gownGirls should wear a dress or should be made with cli-skirt under their gown. mate in mind. In general, it is in good taste for women to wear a conservative dress or a skirted suit. A collared blouse can look tailored beneath the collarless neck of the graduation gown and won’t leave a gap of open skin between the graduation gown and the issued graduation hood. If a dress or skirt is worn, pantyhose finish the look because the graduation gown ends at the calf and a portion of the legs will be showing. Gentleman can wear a collared dress shirt and slacks with dress shoes. Students should avoid shoes that are loose or have high heels. They can present a tripping hazard when traversing the auditorium, football field or scaling steps when receiving the diploma. Wear comfortable shoes that fit well and practice walking in them to ensure they are practical. Some students choose to be unique by wearing flip-flops and shorts. While this certainly can make a statement, it sets the wrong mood for the event and will probably be frowned upon by administrators. Wait until later to change into party garb and enjoy the last summer vacation before college or a career. Students should be well-groomed, shaven (for men) and with simple hairstyles. This will make it easier for the mortarboard to stay in place.


Tips for parents of teen drivers

Arguably no parent in the history of the world has looked forward to the day their teenager gets his or her driver’s license. Though getting a driver’s license is a milestone for kids, it’s also the cause of heartache for parents who understandably worry about their teenager hitting the open road all by their lonesome. While there’s no way to keep kids from growing up, there are steps parents can take to make a teen’s transition to fully licensed driver a little easier. * Institute a no cell phone policy when driving. This is a relatively new, yet major concern for parents of teen drivers. Most of today’s teens have their own cell phones, and parents could very well be helpless when it comes to keeping kids from talking or texting on their cell phones while driving. That said, a no-cell-phone-whiledriving policy should be instituted and thoughtfully discussed with teenagers. Make it known that should an accident occur because of cell phone use while driving, both the car privileges and the phone will be taken away. * When applying for colleges, consider the school’s freshman driving policy. A child’s first year away at college is enough to make any parent lose sleep, but sending kids off to college with a car for their first year only adds to the sleepless nights. When kids are applying to colleges, look for schools that don’t allow freshmen to have cars. Many schools don’t, so this should

not be a problem. If a child chooses a school that does allow freshmen to have a car, let kids know you would be more comfortable if the car stayed home, at least for the first semester while kids learn to adjust to their new surroundings. * If possible, wait an extra year. If your teenager is the rare breed who isn’t especially excited about getting a driver’s license, let it slide. Studies show 16-year-old drivers are far more likely to get in accidents than their 17-year-old counterparts. * Limit passengers. Teenage drivers are more likely to get in an accident with each passenger who comes along for the ride. One study indicates teen drivers with one fellow teenager in the car are 40 percent more likely to get in an accident than they would be if they were driving alone. Those percentages increase with each additional teenage passenger, so parents should institute a reasonable policy that limits the number of passengers that a teen can take on when driving. * Make sure teens are driving safe vehicles. While it might be nice to give your teen the flashy sports car for his or her birthday, doing so is a big mistake. A teenager’s first car should be the kind of vehicle that discourages irresponsible driving. The vehicle should also be fully equipped with all the necessary safety features, including airbags and anti-lock brakes. --


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Dangers of teens drinking for prom Each year, spring school rituals such as prom and graduation begin with so much excitement and promise yet end in tragedy for hundreds of teen drivers and their passengers. New research from Liberty Mutual Insurance and SADD (Students Against Destructive Decisions) suggests this season could be no different. According to a national survey of more than 2,500 eleventh and twelfth graders, 90 percent of teens believe their counterparts are more likely to drink and drive on prom night and 79 percent believe the same is true for graduation night. Yet, that belief does not translate to concern, as only 29 percent and 25 percent of teens say that driving on prom night and graduation night, respectively, comes with a high degree of danger. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Newspapers, television, YouTube and Facebook are rife with tales of tragedy from reckless driving on prom and graduation nights, yet an â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;it wonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t happen to meâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; attitude continues to be so pervasive among our teens,â&#x20AC;? said Dave Melton, a driving safety expert with the Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Add to the alcohol factor distractions like texting or talking on the cell phone while driving, or the greater likelihood of multiple people in the car, and the crash potential is very real.â&#x20AC;? Real it is: there were 380 teen alcohol-related traffic deaths during prom and graduation season (April,

with their parents about safe driving rules say they would be willing to do so. Indeed, 71 percent of teens say a formal safe driving agreement will increase their parentsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; trust in them and more than half (55 percent) believe it would afford them more freedom. Importantly, those who do have formal driving safety rules established with their parents are significantly more likely than teens who have no fam-

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deterring unsafe driving behaviors among teens. More than one in five teens (22 percent) say their parents have either not spoken with them about driving safety at all or have only talked with them once. Past Liberty Mutual/ SADD research strongly indicates that teens who have regular conversations with their parents about driving safety are less likely to drink and drive, less likely to speed, and are more likely to wear their seat belts. Further, more than half (52 percent) of teens admit they are not responsible for abiding by any formal or informal family driving safety rules. Yet, the opportunity certainly exists: 64 percent of teens who have not entered into any written agreement




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and arrested is a mild consequence when compared to the very real possibility of a fatality or injury accident. Monitor alcohol intake at any party, but especially at a graduation party.

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Looking for graduation gifts for college student? Brainstorming ideas for college graduation gifts are mostly undertaken when graduation season is fast approaching. Parents, relatives, friends and other well-wishers normally want to give something to the graduate as a congratulatory memento. Items may range from gift baskets for college students, college gift cards, and other unique gifts they might find. They are all proud that the graduate has reached a new milestone. After all, it is every graduate’s desire to receive something, isn’t it? Graduation is a highly significant and meaningful event denoting a new direc-

tion in the life of the student. It is not just an accomplishment or an end to the rigorous work of a college course. It actually symbolizes a beginning – a beginning of a whole new life, a new phase of learning and, a whole new adventure in the big real world where every graduate strives to make a place for himself. This is the world wherein the student, ably equipped with knowledge gained from years of studying, has to make struggles to be able to stand on his own and pursues his dreams. That is why college graduation is usually termed as “commencement” or “commencement exercise.”

As a tradition, this special event is often commemorated with a party or some sort of festivity as a grand way of wishing the student all the best in the whole new chapter of his life – a chapter wherein the pressing obstacles, pressures and stresses are far greater and far demanding than those encountered during student days. Being so, parents, friends, relatives, loved ones and other well-wishers invited to partake in the joyous graduation celebration will get occupied searching for ideas for college graduation gifts. With endless options and with vast array of choices in today’s

trendy market, it is always a perplexing task to come up with the perfect graduation gift as every dear one wants to give the best things to the graduate. There are numerous factors affecting choices for graduation presents. They range from budget and practicality, what the graduates want, the tastes and needs of the graduates, and so on. There is an endless list of graduation gift ideas but arriving at the final choice is never easy. However though,

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College gifts ideas for men

Matching college graduation gifts to the different types or personalities of men may not be so hard after all…or is it? Easy or not, the crux of trying to come up with gift ideas may lie, in most cases, as to what they might want or might need. In general connotations, what they want maybe the things they would need. But on the other hand, what they need may not be necessarily the things that they would want to be their college presents. One helpful starting ground may be to try to target the whole gift idea towards the types of personalities or profiles of men. However, it may be impossible to hit the bulls-eye but certainly achieving a precision strike cannot be remote. How may one be able to do it? It may be important to always keep in mind that our male graduates are already adults or young adults. As such, the appropriate gifts for them should consist of things which are definitely suited for men. Come to think of it, would it be appropriate if one gives them toy cars, Transformers scale models of Bumblebee and Optimus Prime, or even colouring books? Many do not think so. Different folks have different

strokes so to speak but certainly these different men may have some common wants or needs when it comes to college gifts. Would an Ipod or a laptop be a common want? How about a Cartier watch? Or How about a new car which he might want or need? How about the best coffee makers? It might not be so hard to figure out after all when the brain starts being active and dynamic. However, despite so many things which tend to be the common wants among the men, there are more things which also tend to fall within the ambit of specific wants or needs with respect to their types of personalities. What are these varied men personalities which might be worth paying attention to? Here are a few which might just fit or substantially fit the profile of your male college graduate: The Corporate Guy This guy may be setting the high corporate world in his sights and loves to be around with corporate figures or activities. The Thrill Seeker This guy may love to mimic Evel Knievel, et al. Normally loves to often trigger his adrenal

glands by indulging in extreme activities or sports. The Sports Guy Obviously, this guy is either a diehard sports fan or actively into some sports. The Dedicated Father Quality time at home with the kids and the family is his pride and joy. Nothing can be so much fulfilling than this. The Techie Guy His world revolves around gizmos and other electronic gadgets. He cannot live without them. The Music Guy Rock, reggae, rap, retro, pop, or other music genre is this guy’s breakfast, lunch, and dinner… and of course snacks! The Aesthetic Guy Pavarotti, Bocelli, Beethoven, Picasso, Da Vinci, or Vincent Van Gogh may be this guy’s idols. The Outdoors Guy Fishing, camping, and trekking are in his heart. The Businessman This guy definitely has the entrepreneurial spirit in his silhouette. Money making ventures are what his mind has been conditioned for.

the common denominator is that the college student gifts should be special and meaningful as it would be cherished by them for a long time and see them as icons of their triumphant entry into the competitive world. This comprehensive guide will provide information which may aid you in trying to find the perfect gift so deserved by those young and dynamic individuals who have just commenced their trek into the realm of greater heights.

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Administrative careers Combat specialty occupations Construction occupations Electronic and electrical equipment repair personnel The military has many engineering, science, and technical occupations Healthcare personnel Human services specialists Machine operator and production Media and public affairs Service personnel Transportation and material handling specialists Vehicle and machinery mechanics Officer occupational groups: Combat specialty officers Engineering, science, and technical officers Executive, administrative, and manage- rial officers Healthcare officers Health diagnosing and treating practitio- ner officers Human services officers Media and public affairs officers Officers in transportation occupations Employment In 2000, more than 1.5 million individuals were on active duty in the Armed Forc-

es-about 530,500 in the Army, 400,000 in the Navy, 385,000 in the Air Force, 174,000 in the Marine Corps, and 37,000 in the Coast Guard. Qualifications, Training, and Advancement Enlisted personnel. In order to join the services, enlisted personnel must sign a legal agreement called an enlistment contract, which usually involves a commitment to 8 years of service. Depending on the terms of the contract, 2 to 6 years are spent on active duty and the balance is spent in the reserves. The enlistment contract obligates the service to provide the agreed-upon job, rating, pay, cash bonuses for enlistment in certain occupations, medical and other benefits, occupational training, and continuing education. In return, enlisted personnel must serve satisfactorily for the period specified. Requirements for each service vary, but certain qualifications for enlistment are common to all branches. In order to enlist, one must be between 17 and 35 years old, be a U.S. citizen or immigrant alien holding permanent resident status, not have a felony record, and possess a birth certificate. Applicants who are aged 17 must have the consent of a parent or legal guardian before entering the service. Coast Guard enlisted personnel must enter active duty before their 28th birthday, while Marine Corps enlisted personnel must not be over the age of 29. Applicants must both pass a writ-

ten examination-the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery-and meet certain minimum physical standards such as height, weight, vision, and overall health. All branches of the Armed Forces require high school graduation or its equivalent for certain enlistment options. In 2000, more than 9 out of 10 recruits were high school graduates. People thinking about enlisting in the military should

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Job From Page 21 ment options, and tell you which military occupational specialties currently have openings. Ask the recruiter for the branch you have chosen to assess your chances of being accepted for training in the occupation of your choice, or, better still, take the aptitude exam to see how well you score. The military uses the aptitude exam as a placement exam, and test scores largely determine an individualâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s chances of being accepted into a particular training program. Selection for a particular type of training depends on the needs of the service, your general and technical aptitudes, and your personal preference. Because all prospective recruits are required to take the exam, those who do so before committing themselves to enlist have the advantage of knowing in advance whether they stand a good chance of being accepted for training in a particular specialty. The recruiter can schedule you for the Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery without any obligation. Many high schools offer the exam as an easy way for students to explore the possibility of a military career, and the test also provides insight into career areas in which the student has demonstrated aptitudes and interests. If you decide to join the military, the next step is to pass the physical examination and sign an enlistment contract. Negotiating the contract involves choosing, qualifying, and agreeing on a number of enlistment options such as length of active duty time, which may vary accord-

ing to the enlistment option. All services offer a â&#x20AC;&#x153;delayed entry programâ&#x20AC;? by which an individual can delay entry into active duty for up to one year after enlisting. High school students can enlist during their senior year and enter a service after graduation. Others choose this program because the job training they desire is not currently available but will be within the coming year, or because they need time to arrange personal affairs. Women are eligible to enter most military specialties (for example, mechanics, missile maintenance technicians, heavy equipment operators, and fighter pilots, as well as medical care, administrative support, and intelligence specialties). Generally, only occupations involving direct exposure to combat are excluded. People planning to apply the skills gained through military training to a civilian career should first determine how good the prospects are for civilian employment in jobs related to the military specialty that interests them. Second, they should know the prerequisites for the related civilian job. Because many civilian occupations require a license, certification, or minimum level of education, it is important to determine whether military training is sufficient to enter the civilian equivalent or, if not, what additional training will be required. Following enlistment, new members of the Armed Forces undergo recruit training, which is better known as â&#x20AC;&#x153;basicâ&#x20AC;? training. Recruit

training provides a 6 to 12week introduction to military life with courses in military skills and protocol. Days and nights are carefully structured, and include rigorous physical exercise designed to improve strength and endurance and build unit cohesion. Following basic training, most recruits take additional training at technical schools that prepare them for a particular military occupational specialty. The formal training period generally lasts from 10 to 20 weeks, although training for certain occupations-nuclear power plant operator, for examplemay take as long as a year. Recruits not assigned to classroom instruction receive on-the-job training at their first duty assignment. Many service people get college credit for the technical training they receive on duty, which, combined with off-duty courses, can lead to an associate degree through community college programs such as the Community College of the Air Force. In addition to on-duty training, military personnel may choose from a variety of educational programs. Most military installations have tuition assistance programs for people wishing to take courses during off-duty hours. In addition to basic pay, military personnel receive free room and board (or a tax-free housing and subsistence allowance), medical and dental care, a military clothing allowance, military supermarket and depart-

ment store shopping privileges, 30 days of paid vacation a year (referred to as leave), and travel opportunities. In many duty stations, military personnel may receive a housing allowance that can be used for off-base housing. Other allowances are paid for foreign duty, hazardous duty, submarine and flight duty, and employment as a medical officer. Athletic and other facilities - such as gymnasiums, tennis courts, golf courses, bowling centers, libraries, and movie theaters - are available on many military installations. Military personnel are eligible for retirement benefits after 20 years of service.

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Making good choices about your education VA) that have proven that they are high quality institutions that prepare students well for the future. A variety of state universities, community and technical colleges, private institutions, and for-profit colleges offer a smorgasbord of opportunities that may provide either campus based or on-line instructional programs resulting in certificates, associate and baccalaureate degrees. Institutions with competitive admission requirements as well as those with open door admission policies make it possible for ALL students to have a place to go to earn the skills they will need to be productive members of society. They are close enough to home so that you can retain the family support to which youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve grown accustomed yet, far enough away that you can develop and express a great deal of independence. What should a student consider when looking for an educational institution? The following questions are a few of many to consider: Does it have a reputation for working well with students of my academic background, race, gender, etc.? How can I find out if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;goodâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; school? How much will it cost? Is their financial aid available? Does it offer courses and

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programs in the area in which Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;m interested? How many students are enrolled? Are all of the classes large (200+) or small (25 or less)? How well qualified is the faculty to teach? Are there support services (counseling, tutoring, advising, etc.) available to me? What types of activities outside of the classroom are available? In the eleven states that comprise the Southern Region, there is a process of review in which institutions engage called accreditation. It is a process that reviews all aspects of the institution including its academic programs, financial resources, physical resources, support services, qualifications of administra-

tors, faculty and staff, and the role and composition of the board, and makes a determination as to whether or not it meets standards of quality that have been defined by the higher education community at large. If an institution has successfully completed the review or, as we say, has been accredited, you can feel secure in the quality of education you will receive if you enroll there. If you are beginning to think about college, there are several things you should be doing to get ready for it. Get your grades up. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s never too late to start paying attention. Talk with your high school guidance counselor. He or she has information on just about every college there is. Take

a list of your questions with you when you go. Talk with students you know who graduated from your same high school who are now attending college. Since they got the same preparation you did in high school, they can tell you on what basis they chose the college they did. Go to the websites of the colleges youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re considering. You can find out just about everything you want to know by reading the information provided on them. Go visit the institution if possible. Seeing the environment and getting a â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;feelâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; for the place will tell you a lot about how comfortable youâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be if you enrolled.



â&#x20AC;&#x153;Where did the time go?â&#x20AC;? â&#x20AC;&#x153;What am I going to do with the rest of my life?â&#x20AC;? These are but two of the many questions thousands of high school juniors and seniors across the country are currently asking themselves as they approach the end of their high school years and begin to think about their future. There are only a few logical answers; to do nothing, join the military, get a job, or enroll in a college or university. Education beyond high school has never been more important than it is today. Jobs have changed and new jobs have evolved making formal learning beyond high school mandatory in order to survive let alone enjoy a comfortable lifestyle. Those students who have applied themselves in high school are more likely to be thinking about attending a college or university because, after all, that is the path for which they have been preparing. The good news is that even if students DIDNâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;T apply themselves in high school, there are still many opportunities available for them to attend college and develop skills they will need to succeed in life. The better news is that you donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have to go that far from home to do it. There are over 800 institutions in the southern region of this country (from TX to

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Career colleges versus traditional education Everyone knows that getting an education typically means that you are working towards a career that will support you and your lifepursuits. As we are aware, many high school graduates aim at attending traditional four year colleges and upon entering college, students often do not know what their ultimate career goal is going to be. Yet, almost always students’ hopes and aspirations are to choose an exhilarating career that will pay a bountiful income to have a satisfying living. While students are attempting to decide on a career path, most students in traditional colleges are put in classes that in the end have no relevancy towards the career path they end up choosing. In a down economy, traditional four-year college graduates are finding it much more difficult to find employment because they simply do not have the experience and most “traditional” schools do not offer the resources necessary to place graduates in jobs as career placement efforts are not required for public or traditional colleges to remain accredited. Furthermore, as reported by the Department of Education, career colleges graduate 58 percent of their students and most of them are placed in jobs while traditional colleges only graduate 21 percent and these graduates are not given adequate experience or employment opportunities. On the other hand, from day one career college students get true-hands on

training. From the onset, they develop real-life experiences while learning the latest innovations and technology trends. There is no wasting time on classes that have no relevancy to the career path chosen. With the experience garnered with hands-on training, career college graduates are more desirable than an inexperienced traditional college graduate to almost any employer. Once you graduate from a career college, graduates can start working right away in an exciting career that you choose and make the income you need quickly and start living the life that you want. What is key with most career colleges is that they offer academic preparation and programs that are in direct connection with the current job market demands. For example today at a local career college, they provide education in Business Administration, Technology, Allied Health, Graphic Design and Languages all of which are important industries and skills needed to thrive in a bustling city like Miami. Graphic design and web development is a huge industry; from now until 2016 the industry is expected to grow (according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics) 16 percent, which is faster than the national average for all occupations. With that being said, if this is something that you are serious about, a career college can provide the education, training and place graduates (also known as certified professionals) find employment in this field.

Students out of high school are learning trades such as nursing and becoming LPNs instead of going to a traditional four year college right after high school. Moreover, within 24 months at some career colleges, graduates can become a certified professional in the Electrical industry. Graduates can definitely count on having a very bright future in this industry since the same statistics state that employment of Electricians is expected to increase 12 percent by 2018. And, here in South Florida, licensed Electricians will continue to be in high demand to accommodate the growing population, tourism and real estate retrofitting needs so that homes, restaurants, schools and other structures convert into more environmentally friendly infrastructures.

In today’s competitive job market it is extremely important to acquire the hands-on training and certifications. Career colleges offer the programs and preparation to have a successful career. “We pride ourselves on being an institution that creates truego-getters that are experienced and not just students with a degree,” says the Executive Director at a local career college. Furthermore, career college students find that their education is more personal, engaging and helpful. Faculty members of career colleges are also known for their efforts in reaching out to students, offering assistance and

relating to them on a more personal level. Students who attend not-for-profit colleges confront accessibility issues, overcrowded classes, lack of flexible class schedules, as well, they do not offer job placement resources; and in order to ignite an economy it is necessary to put people back to work. The bottom line is that career colleges are working diligently to create success among individuals, make our economy stronger and ultimately make our


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Searching for scholarships means getting free money Free money. It may sound too good to be true, but that’s exactly what scholarships provide for students looking for help paying their college education. Several small scholarships or one large scholarship may take care of a student’s college tuition for a year or more, and, unlike student loans, scholarships don’t have to be repaid. Some students think they must have straight A’s to be considered for scholarships, but this isn’t true. Many are not related to academic abilities or grade-point averages. Students can get scholarships based on athletic ability, artistic talent, cultural background, place of employment, religious affiliation, planned field of study, community service work and more. The first thing students need to do is start early. Deadlines depend on the scholarship, so they should start looking at the beginning of their senior year in high school or even earli-

er. A good place to start is in the student’s high school counseling office. Counselors will know about opportunities available for students graduating from a particular high school, and they may even know about other scholarships. Students also will find a good resource for available scholarships through their local library. Books about financial aid and scholarship guides are available there. Another potential resource for scholarships is businesses. Students should talk to their parents about whether their workplace offers scholarships to the children of employees. Students who work in fast food restaurants, department stores and supermarkets also should ask their employers if they award college scholarships. Once students get done investigating local opportunities, there are many free scholarship databases available online. Some websites offer

paid searches that suggest students can get access to unlisted scholarships, but with the amount of information available for free through the Web, students should not have to pay to find what they need. Here are just a few of the free databases: Adventures in Education – www. College Scholarships – Fastweb – College Answer – College Board – Students need to be careful when searching for scholarships online that they don’t get scammed. Typical scams involve application fees, guarantees of scholarships, fees for publicly available money and requests for an unusual amount of personal information.

Those who think they have become a victim of scholarship fraud should send an e-mail to the Department of Education’s Office of Inspector General at or file an online complaint through the Federal Trade Commission at www. Fraud also should be reported to local law enforcement agencies and the State Attorney General’s Office. Once students have found scholarships they are interested in, they need to get some basic information together. Many scholarships will request a photo, a resume, recommendations, a high school transcript and an essay, so those items should be kept in a file so that they are easily available. Students can save themselves time by keeping track of the organizations and activities they have participated in since ninth grade and their awards and achievements. This will make writing an academic resume that much easier.

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