BAHS alumni return for forum with seniors, sophomores

By Tonya Ballard | Feb 15, 2017
Participants in a student-alumni forum at Belfast Area High School Jan. 5.

Belfast Area High School recently held its fourth annual Postgraduate Forum, in which recent BAHS graduates spoke with sophomores and seniors about what they are doing in college, travel, internships, and gap years.

During the forum, the alumni offered insights about college and life after high school. Students noted how they felt prepared for college and what they wished they knew more about before leaving home. They discussed the joys of choosing what they want to study, the freedom to make their own decisions, and the difficulty and stress of learning how to manage their money. They talked about life at college and school, roommates, activities, and travel at college that they are able to access. They also spoke about their career goals after college.

Thanks to alumni participation, the forum has grown over the years so that this year, for the first time, there were enough postgraduates to speak to the 10th-grade class, as well as to seniors, about college opportunities. Alumni also told of their college opportunities in the ROTC program.

The school Counseling Department hopes this interactive presentation inspires young students to plan ahead earlier in high school for postgraduate opportunities after high school. Hearing from peers closer to their own age is meaningful to students. The forum was sponsored by the school’s MELMAC grant.

BAHS alumni who participated in the forum Jan. 5 were Will Hyland and Bronson Stevens, both attending Colby-Sawyer College; Allie Walker and Michelle McIntyre, both of University of Maine-Farmington; Alyson Peabody of Maine College of Art; Hannah Lynam of Emmanuel College; Tina Hills of New Hampshire Institute of Art;, Jordan Bickford of Springfield College;  Evan Schweikert of Bowdoin College; Jackson Winslow of University of Alabama; Maggie Goscinski, Cold Comfort Theater internship; Brian Cunningham of Rochester Institute of Technology, ROTC; Maylinda Boynton and Patrick Groening, both of University of Maine; Hannah Nichols of Becker College; Will Simmonds of SMCC; and Ethan Campbell of Paul Smith’s College.


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