Mr. Chris Hill ’92, OHA College Advisor
The college counselors at Oak Hill Academy are fortunate to have a front row seat to the process of growth that occurs in our students during the senior year. The time of transition, of unsettledness, of angst over life decisions gives way to plans, a sense of focus on the next step, and a celebration of accomplishments. One of the most significant celebratory moments comes during the Academy Awards when we acknowledge the college scholarships our students have earned.
Our students can and do take advantage of the various aspects of Oak Hill life that can lead to scholarship offers. Small classrooms staffed with engaged teachers help GPAs stay strong and improve; community service projects help to strengthen extracurricular résumés; and a variety of sports help our students shine as they build on a foundation of academics and citizenship. The resulting scholarships serve as tangible rewards for students’ hard work and dedication.
The amount of scholarship money offered to Oak Hill Academy graduating classes has increased steadily over the last few years. This year’s athletic scholarships totaled approximately $600,000, and academic or leadership/service merit scholarship offers amounted to $2.4 million. These academic and service scholarship dollars include all scholarships offered to our seniors from the various colleges where they applied. When we consider that the graduating class of 2016 was thirty-nine students, those are impressive numbers!
The Oak Hill Academy college counseling department is invested in making the college application and scholarship process as stress-free as possible, and an enjoyable part of the senior experience for both our students and their families. We take great pride in our students’ accomplishments, whether in the classroom, on the athletic field or in the community, and it is gratifying when colleges acknowledge these efforts. Our hope is to create an environment that nourishes well-rounded young men and women who have pride in all they do during their time at Oak Hill Academy, and who will then transfer those interests and skills to their college and career settings. Congratulations to the class of 2016!
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Last Saturday morning, the Leadership Group at Oak Hill Academy participated in a seminar conducted by representatives of Christopher Newport University in Newport News, Virginia. The four presenters included two Fellows (graduated last year) and 2 freshmen who are currently a part of the President’s Leadership Program at the university. They presented a workshop regarding various aspects of developing leadership: how to “Fail Forward”; identifying your own values and learning how that affects your decision making and leadership style; understanding servant leadership; and becoming an “everyday leader.” The training was filled with TED Talks, powerpoints and interesting activities to keep our students engaged and learning. The morning also gave our students a chance to explore what it looks like to be a leader on a college campus, and how to begin to see themselves in that role.
Chase V., a 9th-grade OHA student from Minnesota, remarked that she appreciated learning what type of leader she is, and “realizing that I have to go back to my core values to help me be a better leader.” Mrs. Joy Groves, Oak Hill’s Director of Counseling and organizer of the event, said, “The presenters were outstanding, and they were very complimentary of OHA’s student leaders!”
Thank you to Mrs. Groves and Mr. Rodgers for the photos.
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College admission has gotten and will continue to get more complex. Handwritten applications and essays have been replaced by a multi-layered online process that is still catching up with the ever-evolving technology that it depends on. Although research is easier than ever, and most students know what and where they would “like” to study, the fact remains that there can be a disconnect between dreams and reality.
Oak Hill Academy’s College Advising department breaks down the process for each and every student and their family. Making it easier to see the forest through the trees is our main goal. We start early–grooming students while helping them understand their options. We want them to be able to utilize the multiple research tools at their disposal with optimum effectiveness.
The many paths our students take to get to Oak Hill are as diverse as our student body. Oak Hill hosts students from almost every walk of life; current students represent 20 different countries and 24 US states. As varied as our students’ cultural backgrounds are, so too are their academic backgrounds.
Although the paths to Oak Hill are many, students at Oak Hill share a singular journey. Graduation and post-secondary plans are in the minds of all of our students and parents. The philosophy of “Go where you can grow” is a major focus of the College Advising department. Students are guided to find their “best fit” college or university. With a student-counselor ratio of about 20-1, each senior student receives individual attention multiple times a week to assess their progress.
The experience of our College Counseling team is substantial. Director of Counseling Mrs. Joy Groves has worked with Oak Hill students for nearly fifteen years as both the guidance counselor and the head of the College Advising department. Mr. Chris Hill, a graduate of Oak Hill (’94), has worked closely with Mrs. Groves for the past three years as a College Advisor. Both Mrs. Groves and Mr. Hill have worked with domestic, international, art students and student-athletes.
Click here for the February 2016 issue of the “The Oak Hill Advisor” college planning newsletter.
Oak Hill Academy’s Testing Coordinator, Mrs. Lisa Smith, has announced that the SAT will be held on campus this Saturday, January 23, even in the event of inclement weather. Testing administrators will already be on campus, so the test will proceed as scheduled for OHA students and any other area students who have registered.
Click here for the January 2016 issue of “The Oak Hill Advisor” college planning newsletter.