On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Alcorn State University (ASU) hosted its Annual Fall High School Day at the Davey L. Whitney HPER Complex. By attending the event, students were able to enhance their knowledge on the campus as well as the academic programs, sororities, fraternities and organizations offered on campus.
The event kicked of at 12:00 pm with several events and entertainment for the students to engage in. Some of the high schools in attendance included Port Gibson High School from Port Gibson, Mississippi, South Pike High School from Magnolia, Mississippi, Provine High School from Jackson, Mississippi, Wilkinson County High School from Woodville, Mississippi, Harrison Central High School from Lyman, Mississippi, Natchez High School from Natchez, Mississippi, Bay Springs High School from Bay Springs, Mississippi, Jim Hill High School from Jackson, Mississippi, Velma Jackson High School from Camden, Mississippi, West Harrison High School from Gulfport, Mississippi and Hazlehurst High School from Hazlehurst, Mississippi. This year there were a history making 5,283 students in attendance. During the event, students visited booths that gave them information about each major offered at ASU. Bay Springs High School Junior Jason Bender stated, “I am definitely attending Alcorn State University because it is filled with tradition and pride.”
Entertainment included a 90’s fashion show by The T.R.E.N.D. Modeling Squad, several cheers from ASU and high school cheerleaders and The Sounds of Dyn-O-Mite’s drumline. There was also a Greek Stroll-Off from the Divine 9 with music provided by DJ Stigga Savage. Cortez Toy, a Junior from Wilkinson County High School, stated, “I am enjoying High School Day because it is informing us as high school students about Alcorn.”
The event concluded with students attending the Alcorn State University Braves vs. McNeese State University Cowboys’ football game where Alcorn fell short 34-27. Earnestine Lee, Professor in the Department of Sociology and Social Sciences, explained why High School Day is important by stating, “This is a time where students can come and see exactly how college operates, speak to Instructors and learn about their future majors.”