Rolling Out the Red Carpet

Tracie Swilley FCHS Principal

On Tuesday, March 19, 2019, two buses from Benedict College (BC) pulled into the campus of Fairfield Central High School with excited Tigers ready to share their love for BC with the Griffins. Selected students from FCHS, who had completed applications and were accepted, filled the auditorium with excitement to learn more as they were greeted by student leaders of Benedict. The event began with a presentation about the college given by Mrs. Vareva Harris, Assistant Director of Scholarships who expressed to the students how much Benedict College wanted them to join their family. Mr. Grooms, Assistant Director of Student Activities and New Student Programs, followed and turned the program over to the student leaders to present #TheBESTofBC.

This presentation captured the best of student life from the perspectives of the students. They shared the BC chant, line dance, Greek life, and much more. Although they shared the fun parts of college life, the students stressed the importance of academics first as they all maintained a 3.0 GPA or better. After the students, Mrs. Harris returned to offer scholarships to students ranging from $2,000 to $22,220 for a total of $900,000 in scholarships awarded to the Griffins of FCHS. The day ended with a small portion of The Band of Distinction, who filled the stage packed with a powerful sound. Two alumni of FCHS, Mr. William Bilal and Mr. Davis Anderson, are members of the BC band in attendance for the day. The Griffins were not unfamiliar with some of the band tunes and quickly joined them with dance moves from our cheerleaders and members of the Golden Griffin Marching Band. Benedict College is committed to recruiting the best and the brightest to join their BC family. The staff and students were committed to sharing the vision of their President, Dr. Rosalyn Artis, with our students as they stayed afterwards to answer questions. They ended the program expressing to the FCHS students that Benedict College is the BC of HBCU (Historically Black Colleges and Universities).