Grambling jumpstarts recruitment invitation

The Grambling State University Office of Admissions and Recruitment took advantage of the Port City Classic to extend an invitation to future Tigers. The students from Woodlawn Academy, Booker T. Washington and Garden Oaks got a chance to start their four-day weekend early.

Friday each of the schools experienced some of the camaraderie that is shared at GSU.

The program was organized and facilitated by Latari Fleming, a counselor from the office of admissions and recruitment.

He students and let them know that even if they do not choose GSU, they must “get in school.”

The World Famed Tiger Marching Band and award winning Orchesis Dance Team gave them a taste of the talents on campus.

After the Fight Song, Miss GSU spoke.

“GSU is my family and there is no other place I would rather be,” Solagne Sayers said.

She shared how important it is to continue education.

Kendrell Plains, the FSUB vice president, gave the students information about the various activities that are held throughout the school year.

A housing representative was followed by a presentation about the R.O.T.C. program.

Two out of the three schools had J.R.O.T.C., which will aid them physically and financially if they decide to continue on their training at GSU.

The award-winning cheerleading squad performed some stunts.

The message behind the program was to motivate not only the freshmen and sophomores, but to focus on the juniors and seniors.

Upperclassmen were encouraged to become more serious about continuing their education and their futures.

“First all, as an alumnus, I am very happy to see Grambling providing education and filling the gap between the school to Shreveport,” stated Anthony Tisdale principal of Woodlawn.

She continued, “I am a Tiger twice.” He graduated from GSU in 1993 and ’96.

Fleming informed the students of what they can expect when they get to Grambling.

He also shared the requirements to get accepted and stressed that there are scholarships and awards to help students in need.

A gift was given at the end of each program to the principals for allowing Grambling to visit. Alumni received gifts too.

“This was an opportunity for the prospective students to see what Grambling has to offer and the many different areas of interest,” Fleming said.

Prospective students were given information regarding enrollment and if they wanted to be in attendance at High School Day, which will be September 18.

There was also contest and giveaways to see which classification could be the loudest ultimately it always turned in favor of seniors but the other grades did give them a run.

Each school showed their gratitude towards Grambling for giving them a glimpse into college life.