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College Summit gives students the tools to get into college

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With the help of College Summit, Staci Bist's dream just might come true.

For one-period, every other day at Surrattsville High School in Clinton, students like Staci learn what it takes to get into college.

The year-long program prepares high-school seniors across Maryland, D.C. and Virginia for life after high school.

“The tools they gain in class on how to make action plans and how to implement them - that's something they can transfer to college or whatever they do at work and whatever they do with the rest of their lives,” says teacher Kirsten Simpkins.

At Surrattsville, College Summit helps students write personal statements, build resumes, walks them through the application process and the all-important “how to pay for school.”

Peer leader Patience Amankwa says being in the program has been a life changing experience.

“I walk with a sense of pride,” Amankwa says.

Principal Kristi Holden says patience isn't alone.

“They realize ‘oh I am doing great...I can do this. Oh I've overcome these obstacles. Now I can go to college,’” says Holden.

And students like Staci now have a plan to move forward.

“I didn't know where to start,” Staci says. “After this class, I really started learning.”

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