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Laney's winning essay

Laney Sorrell was given a challenge by School Counselor Theresa Kazee. She wasn't the only student to be given the voluntary assignment, but she would emerge to be the only student that completed every required element of the project.

Theresa Kazee brought home a book from her latest Kentucky school counselor's conference. She was intrigued by a particular project; a project that was designed to give students a real world look at what it takes to go to college.

Taking a "March Madness" theme, Kazee asked her students to pick colleges which had teams in the Final Four brackets. They could pick one of two Kentucky teams, UK or U of L, and two out-of-state teams to research.

Students had 2 1/2 weeks to research things such as the school's location, the number of students attending, acceptance rate, required grade point average, cost, and the top 3 majors at the university. They also had to find 3 requirements for admission. 

After that, students were asked to compare and contrast the Final Four colleges they chose and finally, write about which school they would like to attend, giving 3 reasons why they wanted to go there. Laney was the only student to complete all aspects of the required project. Her paper appears below.

Mrs. Kazee awarded Laney with a plaque and, because she picked the University of Kentucky as her future school, Kazee bought Laney an UK shirt. Go Big Blue!

Congratulations, Laney, and what a great project this was to open the student's eyes as to what it takes to go to college.


Laney Sorrell's essay for College and Career Readiness project.

Laney Sorrell, left, and Theresa Kazee pose with Laney's plaque and t-shirt for completing a special College and Career Week assignment.


Above, Laney Sorrell, left, and Theresa Kazee. Laney received a plaque and a U.K. t-shirt for completeing a special College and Career Week assignment. Laney was the only student to complete all the required work for the project.


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