For Immediate Release
April 10, 2014

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Destination College Event Attracts Over 850 HS Students & Parents

Concord, NH - The NHHEAF Network Organizations' annual Destination CollegeSM convention for high school juniors and parents received high marks from the over 850 NH high school juniors and parents in attendance. The free event hosted by Southern NH University provided registrants the opportunity to learn about college planning topics, everything from the college application and standardized tests to financial aid and tips on managing finances. "The success of Destination College each year is a culmination of a year of planning by our staff and support from dedicated volunteers," according to René Drouin, President & CEO of The NHHEAF Network Organizations. "We are thrilled to be able to continuously fulfill our mission to providing students and parents essential college planning support through initiatives such as this amazing event."

Attendees were welcomed in the morning session by Governor Maggie Hassan, Southern NH University Provost, Patricia Lynott, NHHEAF President and CEO, René Drouin, and student keynote speaker, Rachel Scaer of the Academy for Science and Design charter school in Nashua.

Scaer's speech focused on the complex but important process of choosing a college that meets a variety of criteria. "The truth is there are lots of colleges that I love, and yes some of them are large public universities, and others are tiny private schools, some of them focus on engineering, and others specialize in liberal arts, some are in large cities, and others have nothing near them for miles. My decision probably won’t be decided by whether or not a school is an absolute perfect fit that fulfills all my criteria, but it will probably be determined by things like, ‘Do I feel comfortable in the community, do I fit in?’ and ‘Is the education worth the money?’" At the end of her speech Scaer was awarded a $1,000 college scholarship for winning the annual keynote speech contest.

The rest of the day was filled with informational seminars by expert college presenters on topics including financial aid, the college application, standardized testing and specialized sessions for student-athletes and first generation college students. The day ended with a college fair, featuring over 70 colleges and universities and the $500 scholarship raffle. Emily Fecteau of Portsmouth High School was randomly selected.

This year's event sponsors included Southern NH University, Sulloway & Hollis, Stonyfield Yogurt, Lincoln Financial Group, Coca-Cola, Hinckley Allen Snyder, and Baker Newman Noyes (BNN). Support and raffle contributions were also provided by The Common Man Restaurants, T-Bones and Cactus Jack’s. To view pictures and presentations from this year’s event, log onto