Day to urge students to go to college

May 3, 2017 at 9:45 p.m.
Updated May 3, 2017 at 11 p.m.

Victoria College was a finalist in the GenTX Day PicTour Contest back in 2014. GenTX Day this year is Friday.

Victoria College was a finalist in the GenTX Day PicTour Contest back in 2014. GenTX Day this year is Friday.   contributed photo for The Victoria Advocate

As the school year draws to a close, Crossroads residents have the opportunity on Friday to encourage students to pursue an education beyond high school.

Residents are encouraged to wear a college T-shirt to show their support for higher education and Generation TX Decision Day.

GenTX Decision Day is a statewide initiative designed to create a college-going culture in Texas. The goal is to recognize and celebrate seniors for their post-secondary plans and encourage younger students and their families to prepare early for college.

"We want to make higher education and encouraging students a point of focus for our community," said Kim Motley, Victoria school district counseling coordinator and co-chair of GenTX Victoria. "Victoria is such a caring community, and students have the benefit of knowing there is support for them to pursue their goals."

As part of GenTX Victoria, students can record a video about their decision to go to college and post it to Twitter, Facebook or Instagram with the label @GenerationTexas and hashtags #GenTXDay and #GenTXVictoria. The video should focus on where students plan to attend college and why they decided to get a degree.

High school seniors can win an iPad from the state competition or one of two $500 college scholarships from the Crossroads competition. Students have until 5 p.m. May 15 to post their videos. Students also can win GenTX prize packs, including T-shirts, bracelets, lanyards and bags.

Area seniors also will have the opportunity to win gift cards to area restaurants and businesses. Earlier in the school year, students were given passports that served as checklists to help them in the college application process. Students who have completed tasks listed on the passport will be entered into a drawing for the gift cards.

In addition to the drawing and video competition, students at Victoria East and West high schools will be able to visit on Friday with recruiters from the University of Houston-Victoria and Victoria College during lunch, and university fight songs will be played during passing periods.

"Education creates a foundation for students to build on the rest of their lives," Motley said. "We want to let these students know that college acceptance is something that should be celebrated. This is the first step toward their future, and we want them to know they have our support."

To learn more about GenTX Decision Day, go to GenTX.org. Area residents can follow and post pictures of themselves wearing a college T-shirt using #GenTXDay and #GenTXVictoria on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.


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