Texas A&M rolling out ‘maroon carpet’ for FHS counselor
By Bryan Navarette
Frenship High School College Readiness Coordinator Bonnie Thompson was selected by Texas A&M as a 2015 Very Important Counselor.
The program recognizes outstanding service and important work of high school counselors in guiding students on the path to college, according to a news release from Frenship ISD.
“She works very closely with our kids in helping them make sure they have all their I’s dotted and their T’s crossed in regards to their college admissions process,” said Frenship High School Principal Kim Spicer.
Thompson, who was nominated by Office of Admissions Assistant Director Rick Margo, is one of only 28 counselors from across Texas selected for the program this year.
Margo, who has known Thompson for about four years, said she displayed all the qualities the program is looking for, and is very hands-on when it comes to applying to the university.
“The trait we look for is open communication,” he said.
The program also looks for counselors with a “willingness to go the extra mile for the students — for our perspective, A&M students who are applying to us — and their willingness to be there for us when we call them up for questions or when the students are there.”
Thompson will join the other VIC Partners in College Station in April for a recognition dinner and program. The counselors will be given a tour of the campus and participate in various activities, according to Margo.
“We roll out the maroon carpet for the top producers from around the state and we take the ones that do the most work and help us the most and honor them,” he said. “It’s a two-day, wine-and-dine kind of deal and they get to visit, hopefully, with the president of the university and the faculty staff. It’s kind of a thank you for all their hard work.”
As part of Thompson’s selection, the VIC Program will award a $1,000 scholarship to a Frenship High School student who plans to attend Texas A&M in the fall of 2015.
Currently, Thompson said, the recipient of the scholarship has not been chosen, but one of about 11 students who will attend A&M will be chosen through an application process.
According to Spicer, the application involves a written essay of 600 words or less on why the student decided to attend A&M, what college or career goals the student has chosen and how a degree from A&M will help achieve those goals.
Then, any identifying information will be removed from the essays and given to an independent scorer who will be in charge of ranking them.
When asked what the award meant for the college readiness program and the school, Spicer said it was a positive representation of several things in the school district.
“One, I think it’s a good reflection of Bonnie,” she said. “Two, I think it is a good reflection of FHS. Three, I think it’s a good way for us to reward our kids that are going to A&M.”
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