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Hispanic students from McDowell High School recently traveled to Western Carolina University and enjoyed some of what the school and mountains have to offer.

The trip, which was possible thanks to donations from 12 individuals on, and private donors, including MHS educator Marriette van der Sluijs’ mother-in-law and Rep. John Ager as well as Asheville real estate developer Harry Pilos, let students spend two days touring Western Carolina University’s campus and white water rafting on the Nantahala River.
For many of the 26 students who went on the trip, this was their first time on a college campus. “That university captured my attention,” said 12th-grader Laura Delgado. “My plans have changed because of my visit. I want to go to Western, but plan on going to McDowell Tech first and then transferring over there. I really liked their psychology program.”
The tour of the campus also gave students an idea of what college life would be like and eased some of their fears about getting a roommate.
“We learned about the dorms and saw where freshmen live,” said 10th-grader Arduro Arriaga. “I liked learning that I could choose my roommate.”
During the trip, students learned a little bit about the courses and amenities offered at the university.
They also had a chance to hear first-hand about the athletic programs offered at Western.“I love the fact that Western has a cross country team,” said Victor Ocampo. “The recent colleges I’ve went to didn’t have sports like that. I want to go there now, because of everything the school has to offer. I want to study business management and video game designing. “
For Vanessa Magallan, the trip was an eye opener on the educational opportunities offered at college campuses close to Marion. “The world languages program really caught my attention,” said Magallan. “I’ve always had an interest in world languages. I really don’t know what holds in my future. I’m not sure what I want to be. I go back and forth between law and justice, culinary, acting and languages, but this gave me an idea of what Western offered.”
On their second day of the trip, students enjoyed rafting the Nantahala River and learning about the culture in western North Carolina.

A few of the students got to know the Nantahala well. “A couple of people fell out of the rafts while we were going downstream, but it was fun,” said Olga Magallan. “I had never done anything like that before and am glad I had the chance to do so.”
Students said they were pleased with their journey up the mountain and are glad that they’re getting to see all the opportunities there and at other schools.
“This was the second college campus that I went to,” said Carlos Lopez. “The first one I went to was N.C. State. They also have a lot of opportunities, but I was glad to see the different opportunities that Western had.”
Story by Landdis Hollifield of The McDowell News (see story)

News & Announcements

SAT Postponed due to Weather

McDowell County Emergency Management Office has advised that strong storms will bring life threatening and historical rainfall to our community through the weekend that will create travel challenges for our students. The counseling office, along with administration and CollegeBoard have cancelled the SAT for this weekend. The make up date for the SAT will be October 17 at MHS. This date is the standard make up date set by CollegeBoard.

Homecoming Activities Affected by Impending Weather

Homecoming Festivities Maybe Affected by Pending Weather Conditions. Here is the latest information, with further changes possible depending on conditions.
*PARADE IS CANCELED for today and will not be rescheduled.
*Dance is postponed until October 15
*Pep Rally still as scheduled for Friday, Oct 2
*Homecoming Court and Club Reps will be presented on OCTOBER 16
3 - Homecoming Activities at the Game (presentation of club reps and homecoming court) will be moved to the next home game (October 16).

NJROTC Cadets Compete

NJROTC Cadets Compete

McDowell High School’s NJROTC cadets kicked off the competition year by participating in an athletic meet at Newton Conover High School.
Story by The McDowell News

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