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One of the most important decisions in a high school student's life is whether to go to college. Now, UCF is teaming up with a local high school to help students make that decision.

During the UCF Takeover Week from Monday through Friday, UCF and Evans High School will be working together to get students excited about going to college, according to a press release.

The week will include performances by the UCF Marching Knights and cheerleaders, as well as appearances by Knightro and more than 30 student organizations, all to educate Evans students on post-high school options and get them interested in the college experience.

In addition, UCF admissions officers and representatives from the financial aid office will be in attendance to answer questions about enrollment and adjusting to the change.

“This is about connecting with students and families in our community and making sure they know that higher education can very much be part of their future,” Michael Frumkin, dean of the UCF College of Health and Public Affairs, said in the release. “We want all students to know we are here for them and to help them best prepare for a successful journey to college.”

UCF has worked with Evans High School in the past, offering mentors for the students, as well as helping out with its Community School.

Last year, there were 15 UCF students who volunteered to mentor Evans ninth-graders, providing guidance through tutoring and home issues. The Community School also offers holistic care for the students, including physical, mental and dental care.

UCF will also be hosting a parent information session Thursday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., where there will be presentations on how to apply, pay for and get into college, as well as alternative ways to get into UCF, such as DirectConnect and ROTC, according to the release. Additionally, parents and students will get to learn about the projects that UCF students are currently working on.

Schedule of events:

Monday
11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Knightro, UCF cheerleaders and the UCF dance team will perform to kick-start the week.
2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Twelve of UCF's clubs will be attending the cultural fair.
 
Tuesday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: A session on outreach and mentoring will be held.
2:30 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.: Students will get to hear about undergraduate admissions and academic resources, among seven other informational sessions.
 
Thursday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: Greek organizations will present their session to Evans students.
5 p.m. to 7 p.m.: Parent information session will be held.
 
Friday

11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.: The UCF marching band will be performing, and students can learn about leadership opportunities at UCF.

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Noelle Campbell is a Digital Producer for the Central Florida Future. Follow her on Twitter at @noellecampz or email her at NoelleC@CentralFloridaFuture.com.

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