WILLSBORO - Willsboro Central School, in conjunction with the College for Every Student organization, initiated a new program this year entitled "Second Eyes." Eleventh-grade students worked with their English teacher, Sue Daly, and the school's guidance counselor, Chris Ford, to review three different types of college applications as well as write a college essay.
The essays were reviewed by a "second set of eyes." The essays were sent to local proof readers in the community for their suggestions, comments, and reactions.
"We hope that by doing this project, and researching colleges and their interests online, the students will be better prepared as seniors when they have to apply," Ford said.
Another goal of the project was to incorporate the school and community resources while helping the students create essays that will impress the college admissions' offices.
"It takes some courage for students to have their essays read and critiqued by people other than their teachers," said Steve Broadwell, school superintendent. "On behalf of the school district, we are very thankful for everyone that took the time to read, reflect, and provide constructive comments to our students."
The students will rewrite their essays in the near future, incorporating suggestions made by their proof readers. The final copies will be used next year when they submit them with their college applications in hopes of impressing the admissions' counselors and receiving acceptance letters from the colleges of their choice.