Riverhead students set to tour historically black colleges

Riverhead schools, historically black colleges
RIVERHEAD SCHOOLS COURTESY PHOTO | From left: Christopher Collins, Denise Brunskill, Shakiyla Sykes and Destiny McElroy.

Four Riverhead High School students will join about 75 other students from across the East Coast on a week-long tour of 15 historically black colleges and universities from Virginia to Alabama this weekend.

The 31st annual Tour of Historically Black Colleges will introduce the students to representatives at the various colleges who can help them with their applications and scholarships.

The tour will also include trips to Washington, D.C., and both the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial and Museum, school officials said.

The four students – senior Christopher Collins, senior Denise Brunskill, junior Shakiyla Sykes and junior Destiny McElroy – said they were excited to meet other students on the tour and learn more about the colleges, district officials said.

“It just seemed like it would be a good experience,” said Christopher. “I want to major in kinesiology and would like to play college football and this is one way I can get to these colleges and look at their programs and teams.”

Application fees are waived at the colleges for students who attend the tour.

Previous attendees and school officials described the tour as “a life-changing” experience.

“Even if you don’t go to one of the colleges on the tour, you’ll never forget this experience,” said Riverhead High School guidance counselor Natacha Volcy.

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