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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)

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Volleyball at AC Reynolds
Date: 10/13/2015
Location: AC Reynolds High School, Rocket Drive, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
Josten's at MHS to collect Graduation Supply Orders
Date: 10/13/2015, 11:25 AM 1:25 PM
Location: MHS to collect Graduation Supply Orders
Soccer with Erwin
Date: 10/14/2015
Cross Country Conference Meet
Date: 10/15/2015
Location: TBD
JV Football at Asheville
Date: 10/15/2015
Location: Asheville High School, 419 McDowell Street, Asheville, NC 28803, United States
Volleyball at Enka
Date: 10/15/2015
Location: Enka High School, 475 Enka Lake Road, Candler, NC 28715, United States
Football with Asheville (Youth League)
Date: 10/16/2015
Attendance Make Up
Date: 10/17/2015, 8 AM 12 PM