Erynn Sessoms, a rising junior at Mintz Christian Academy, just came back from an exciting leadership seminar at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Mintz Christian Academy nominated her for the Heels for Success program because she was ranked in the top 10 percent of her class and enrolled in the college preparatory track including honors courses, dual enrollment at Sampson Community College, foreign language, and advanced mathematics. She has also showed active involvement in extracurricular activities such as volleyball, softball, yearbook, and worship team.
Heels for Success is a one-day summer program to help academically talented rising sophomores and juniors prepare for college. The program is free to students. Over the course of the day, students explore the Carolina campus and its wide-ranging academic opportunities, learn how to manage the college application process, learn techniques for approaching the ACT, and connect with other outstanding students from across the country.
When asked to describe her July 13 experiences at UNC, Erynn shared, “We talked about how colleges like to look at well-rounded students: good grades, community service hours, participation in sports, ACT / SAT scores, and leadership experiences. I set a personal ACT score goal at 30-33. It gave me a chance to see what colleges are looking for and an insight into the admissions process. The admissions counselors shared examples of who they accepted and who was denied. I saw both ends of the spectrum. It helped me know where I need to put myself when I get ready to apply for colleges next year. I’m pretty excited for this school year because I know now what I need to accomplish to get ready to apply to college next summer. This was an eye opener.”
Dr. Winnie White is the guidance counselor at Mintz Christian Academy.