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In this 2018 file photo, Flagstaff High School’s Delaney Carlsen, left, and Kyle Mccormick sign a poster showing their intent to attend Arizona State University. 

Flagstaff High School’s senior class of more than 300 students will take part in a national #WhyApply event Thursday, Sept. 19 aimed to increase college enrollment, especially among first generation and low-income students.

FHS will be one of the first to participate in the event; the American College Application Campaign (ACAC), an initiative of ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning, will hold its #WhyApply Day on Friday.

Led by Kat Pastor, an FHS counselor and the 2016 American School Counselor Association’s School Counselor of the Year, these seniors will have the chance to learn about applying to different postsecondary schools during their English classes Thursday.

Schools to be represented include Arizona State University, Coconino Community College, Grand Canyon University, Northern Arizona University, Prescott College, Universal Technical Institute and the University of Arizona.

Representatives from the United States Army, Marines and Navy will also be present.

Facilitators like Pastor will guide students through the application process, address any concerns and provide encouragement, while students will share their reasons for applying to college on social media with the hashtag #WhyApply.

“Together, with the support of state leaders, school staff and community members rallying around local events and state college application campaigns, we can help ensure all seniors complete at least one college application,” Jim Larimore, chief officer of ACT’s Center for Equity in Learning said in a statement.

During similar ACAC events last year, students submitted 872,000 college applications nationally.

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