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Hays Free Press September 29, 2010 LIFE, PAPER, Artist adds dimension - Page 1C SCISSORS to her subjects. Page 3B + + How much does it cost to go to W!hear so much to- ay about the ris- ng costs of college and it can be scary. How much does it really cost to go to college? The answer is that colleges come in a wide variety and, depend- ing on the choices you make, the price of a college education can be quite reasonable - especially if you think of college as an investment in yourself and your future. Let's look at the facts: Sticker Price vs. Affordability Keep in mind that the actual price the average undergraduate pays for a college education is considerably lower than the published tuition and fees. This is usually due to grants and other forms of financial aid. Look at what it really costs to at- tend college: Public four-year col- leges charge, on average, $7,020 per year in tuition and fees for students who live in-state. The average surcharge for full-time out- of-state students at these institutions is $11,528. Private four-year col- leges charge, on average, $26,273 per year in tuition and fees. Public two-year Col- leges charge, on average, $2,544 per year in tuition and fees. Of course, that's not the total price. You still have to live somewhere, eat, buy books and supplies, and do your laundry. There are other expenses. The best thing to do is contact the college financial aid or admissions office at the colleges in which you are interested. They can esti- mate their campus' tuition. Factor In Your Financial Aid Award Most students receive financial aid. In 2008-09, more than $126 billion in financial aid was awarded to undergraduate students. The average amount of aid for a full-time undergradu- ate student was about $10,000, including more than $5,000 in grants that don't have to be repaid. So, despite all the talk about high prices and price increases, a college education remains an af- fordable choice for most families. Talk to your high school counselors. They attend workshops and are trained to have those discussions with you. Hays and Lehman have a Col- lege and Career Counselor that can also walk you through the process and answer questions you may have. Remember, whether you pick a 2-year, trade or 4-year university, a post- secondary education is the best investment you will ever make. Note: Costs and finan- cial aid figures are from the College Board's Trends in College Pricing2009, Trends in Student Aid 2009 and Education Pays 200Z Learn more online at our Trends in Higher Education website. PHOTOS BY JIM CULLEN Hays High seniors earning Advanced Placement honors include (front, left to right) Patricia Swanson (Scholar With Honor), Chaney Turney (Scholar With Distinction), Brooke Noble (Scholar With Honor); (back, left to right) Nathan Webber (Scholar With Honor) and AP Scholars Will Poeppelmeyer, Hope Hoffmeyer, Eric Leija, Emily Ybarbo; (far back, left to right) Principal David Pierce, Academic Dean Teri Eubank, Lead Counselor Kathy Arendt. Fifteen recently-graduated seniors also received recognition as AP scholars, two as Scholar With Honor and six as Scholar With Distinction. Hays CISD recognizes Advanced Placement of 41 students STAFF REPORTS Forty-one local students have been recognized by the College Board for their 2009- 2010 test scores in Advanced Placement classes. Thirteen of that group are current Hays or Lehman High School seniors who achieved the recognition as juniors. Of this year's seniors, Hays High School's Chancy Turney received the highest honor, AP ScholarWith Distinction, granted to students who receive an average score of at least 3.5 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. Turney, as with all students recognized for their work as juniors, continues with ad- ditional AP classes this school year, making her eligible for higher recognition as a senior. Five of this year's seniors, three from Hays and a pair from Lehman, earned AP Scholar With Honor recog- nition. Hays Highs Brooke Noble, Patricia Swanson and Nathan Webber and Leh- man High's Tarale Murry and Amanda Markert took that honor, granted to students receiving an average score of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3 or higher on four or more of these exalns. The remaining seniors, all recognized as AP Scholars, include Hays High'sWill Poep- pelmeyer, Hope Hoffmeyer, Eric Leija, EmilyYbarbo and Lehman High's Chris Eubank, Lehman High School Principal Don Ruisinger (front, left) proudly poses with his current Lehman seniors earning Advanced Placement honors. They include Scholars With Honors (front, center) Tarale Murry and (front, right) Amanda Markert; (back, left to right) AP Scholars Chris Eubanks, David Negrete and Cameron Harris. Six members of the Class of 2010 were also recognized, including one Scholar With Distinction, one Scholar With Honors and four AP Scholars. Cameron Harris and David Negrete. The AP Scholar hon- ors go to students who receive 3 or higher on three or more AP exams. From the recently gradu- ated Class of 2010, seven students received AP Scholar With Distinction honors, that group including Hays High School's Sara Cervantes, Denise Garcia, Shane Miller, Michael Trahan, Ian Wesflyn- Mogab, Kristen Whittington and Lehman High School's Meera Day. A pair of 2010 graduates, Hays High School's Claire BeUamy and Lehman High School's Annajaidie Salinas, received AP Scholar With Honor recognition. Nineteen more 2010 graduates received AP Scholar honors. The Hays High School honorees list included Iesha Baranovicht, Gage Berry, Am- ber Hamblin, Aaron Harper, Jarrod Hehr, Keeley Hooker, Roderick Hunt, Samuel Jack- son, Jordanna Musser, Stefan Sanchez, lessica Scott, Sarah Staub, Abbie Thames, Brad Weber and Lauren Wisener. Lehman High AP Scholars from the Class of 2010 in- cluded Trevor Leffert, Chase McCabe, William Reid and Sigifredo Santana. STAFF REPORTS oppor- tunity to Hays High School senior continue Helene Thompson has in the been named a National competi- tion tor Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalist, principal David 8,400 Pierce and academic dean Teri National Eubank announced last week. Merit About 16,000 students Scholar- across the country were ships, named "Semifinalist" in the worth 56th annual NMS Program. These academically-talented high school seniors have an more than THOMPSON $35 mil- lion, that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifi- nalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the 'Finalist" level of competi- tion. About 90 percent of the Semifir~alists are expected to attain F!inalist standing, and approxiimately half of the Finalism will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the "Merit Scholar" tide. Thompson was one of more than 1.5 million juniors in more than 21,000 high schools entered in the 2010 NMS competition by taking the Pre- liminary SAT/NMS Qua/ifying Test, which served as an initial screen of program entrants. The nationwide pool of Semi- finalists, which represents less than one percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest scoring entrants in each state. Helene Thompson is the daughter of Charles and Mary TerryThompson. SCHOOL BRIEFS Senk)rs college Seniors of all three HCISD high schools are invited to a college fair from 1-3 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30, at Lehman High Scool. Three dozen colleges and univer- sities will be represented, all offering information on post-secondary opportuni- ties. Seniors should visit their counseling centers for information. Transportation will be provided. Tom Green and Pfluger open house 11tursday Two more campus open houses are scheduled as September comes to a close. Tom Green Elementary hosts its Open House at 6 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 30. Ralph Pfluger Elementary hosts its Open House the same evening with a PTA meetin also starting at 6 p.m. Con- tact these campuses for more information. Noises Off at Burdine Jolmson Don't miss the final big weekend of Noises Off, the hilarious big hit from the Hays High School Theater Department. Remaining performances are at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 2, and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 3 at the Burdine Johnson Theater on the Hays High campus. Tickets are $7 for adults and $5 for students. I.olm aMllo Author David Rice returns to Lehman High School this Friday, Oct. I to build on conversations he had with students last year. The South- west Texas State Univer- sity graduate has published "Crazy Loco" and "Give the Pig a Chance," a pair of short story collections. He has a new book coming out soon and he's flesh offa summer of working on three movies. Rebs and Lobos Both the Hays High School Rebel Band and the Leh- man High School Lobo Band compete this Saturday, Oct. 2, at the Capital City March- ing Festival, held annually at Tony Burger Stadium in Aus- tin. Lehman marches last, with a tentative start time of 6:30 p.m. Hays is tenta- tively scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Tunes am subject to change. Admission is $7 adults, $5 for seniors, students and children over 5. Fall choir concerts atPAC A number of Hays CISD choir concerts are on tap next week at the Performing Arts Center, starting with a three-campus offering Monday Oct. 4. The program opens that night at 6:30 p.m. with the choir flomBarton Middle School, followed by the Dahlstrom Middle School choir at 7:15 p.m. and the Hays High School choir caps off the evening at 8 p.m. The Lehman High School choir presents its fall concert Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 7 p.m. The round of concerts is com- pletedWednesday, Oct. 6, with a 6:30 p.m. performance by the Chapa Middle School choir, a 7:15 performance by the Simon Middle School See SCHOOL BRIEFS, pg. 6B 1 L A W 0 F F I C E O F i~ ii~i 1 FamilT Law Mtdi ..... conaborati. Ln" 'ttorat?~!i ii ~ i i!:~iii! ii;il] / (~I2) ~O90~ 906 Canyon Wren Drive Buda, Texas f Auto, home and life insurant; ... Rob White, Agent (512) 504-9484 5500 FM 2770, Ste. 101 Ky/e, Auto. Home. Ufe Let's Compare Rates and Service. TX 78640 rwhite@txfb-ins.com !