The Herald and News and Pacific Power are offering a “Graduation Motivation” event for all high school seniors on Thursday, starting at 9 a.m. in the Ross Ragland Theater in Klamath Falls.
Seniors from around the county are expect to attend the free event that focuses on encouraging seniors to stay in school and graduate.
New this year will be a second, shorter event for incoming freshmen in the early afternoon.
Returning keynote speaker will be Aric Jackson. He wowed the crowd with his talk, leaving everyone inspired to work towards their goal of obtaining a diploma.
Jackson’s mission is to teach, inspire, and encourage all those to take the challenge of helping others pursue their goals and dreams.
What began as passionate poetry designed to uplift the spirit has turned into the pursuit of affecting attitudes and changing conventional thought. A charismatic and genuinely heartfelt communicator, Jackson is an electrifying speaker.
The goal is for this event to make an impact with the students, and serve as a launch to a year-long program that ends with their graduation from High School. Our plan for the students to track milestones we set for them and have a checklist that their school counselor signs. The students later redeem these “points” for prizes, such as a coffee gift card. These milestones will include accomplishments such as:
n Filling out their FAFSA
n Improving their GPA
n Filling out scholarship applications
n Filling out college / trade school applications
n Filling out job applications
n Good attendance (5 or less days missed)
n Make up credits if behind
n Take the ASVAB
n Meet w/ Military Recruiter
n Complete PEP (Personal Education Plan)
n Resume or Interview Workshop
n Meet w/ College Recruiter
n Visit College Campus
For freshmen, the goal is for this event to make an impact with the students, and serve as a launch to a year-long program that ends with them on track for graduation with a successful freshman year behind them.
The plan is for the students to track milestones we set for them and have a checklist that their school counselor signs.
The students later redeem these “points” for prizes, such as a coffee gift card. These milestones will include accomplishments such as:
n Maintain GPA above 2.5
n 90% attendance
n Key courses completed
n 6 Credits completed
n Club participation
n Sports participation
The event bookends the Klamath Promise Graduation Sensation march held at the end of the each school year in June.
The event is offered in partnership with Pacific Power, Klamath Community College, Oregon Tech and the Herald and News.
The public is invited to attend, though last year the students filled the theater.