Area high school students learn about life after graduation

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) – Time is ticking for many high school seniors in Craighead County. They will soon move onto the next chapter of their lives, but deciding where to go to college or how to find a job can be difficult. One Westside High School student, though, is making sure others know their options.

Weston Statler serves as president of the Westside High School student council. He delivered on a campaign promise and created an event allowing students to find out their choices after graduation.

"Through high school, you hear a bunch of conversations at lunch about, 'hey, man, I want to do this after high school. Well, what do you want to do? Well, I don't know. I haven't really thought of it yet,'" Statler said. "If you come out here, there's somebody out here that can help you in the right direction."

Statler oversaw the Countdown to Graduation expo inside the Mall at Turtle Creek on Saturday. The event brought together a number of local colleges, tech trade schools and branches of the military. Statler says the expo gave juniors and seniors a chance to connect with people who can help clear a path for their future.

"Local schools will do these things at their school. We like the idea of doing something in a location where everybody could access it easily," said David Miller, student council sponsor.

The expo ran until 4 p.m. Saturday, and the cost to attend was free. The Westside High School student council now hopes to make the event an annual tradition.

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