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Green River hosts Eighth Grade College Exploration Day


A physics club member hammers club advisor Ajay Narayanan's hand, which is underneath a lead brick.

Green River hosted the sixth annual Washington Council for High School-College Relations Eighth Grade College Exploration Day on Monday, March 25. A total of 439 eighth graders were bussed to the Green River campus from every Auburn middle school - Mt. Baker, Rainier, Cascade, and Olympic middle schools - along with Northwood Middle School, Orting Middle School, and Mountainview Middle School from Bremerton.

The day kicked off an active physics club presentation led by the charismatic and award-winning advisor, Ajay Narayanan.

After lunch, students participated in educational games to help them start planning for life beyond high school. They learned about budgeting by playing the money game, where they identified the correlation between career choice, wages, and the type of lifestyle they hoped to live as an adult. They then had a blast playing college jeopardy, where they learned which celebrities graduated community college and what they can do in high school to prepare for college.

"[By hosting Eighth Grade College Exploration Day] we get students on campus who may not have seen themselves going to college," said Welcome Services Manager Lindsey Morris, who helped organize the event. "They have now been on Green River's beautiful campus; hopefully they'll remember the great time they had here when it comes time to select a college."