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Bethel students win big


Bethel students were recognized Aug. 30 with a star-studded celebrity event for their victory in a national competition demonstrating their commitment to college readiness. Hosted at Bethel Regional High School, the activities included a rally hosted by hip hop artist Kendrick Lamar and MTV VJ Sway, a basketball clinic by NBA player James Harden and a leadership training course hosted Thursday afternoon by Taco Bell CEO, Greg Creed.

In the spring of 2013, Get Schooled, a national non profit, sponsored the three-month competition involving 325 high schools in 14 states aimed at improving college readiness. In Bethel, the student council spearheaded the effort by mobilizing their peers to participate in the competition and prepare for college.

As a result of their efforts, Bethel’s students seized the top prize, coming together to achieve a 100 percent participation rate in activities such as Twitter chats with college experts and college exploratory sessions. Most importantly, more than 80 percent of its graduating seniors worked with their College & Career Guide to apply to college or technical schools.

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