Student Financial Aid Discussion At Nicolet College
Story By Shardaa Gray
RHINELANDER - Preparing for college can be stressful, especially if you're thinking of ways to pay for school.
Nicolet College held a seminar on free application for Free Application Federal Student Aid this weekend.
They wanted to show parents and teenagers that there are other options for paying for school.
"It's hard for parents to afford college and higher education," said Nicolet Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice.
"It's important for students to have it and this is the way the federal government is helping students go on for a higher education."
Legislators have discussed making cuts to students financial aid, but Nicolet College Financial Aid Director, Jill Rice, thinks there are plenty of reasons for it to continue.
"Students need this. Like I said 80 percent receives some sort of form of financial aid," said Rice.
"That tells you something. They can't do it on their own."
One of the main topics discussed today was filling out the forms right now, but it also sheds light for parents who don't know that much about federal student aid, especially if they want to go back to college.
"I learned quite a bit and quite a lot and knowing now what I know," said Crandon Parent, Lori Lockridge.
"I could do it for myself if I choose to go back to school."
With all the options out there, having help figuring out whats best for you is important.
"For me I want to be able to get the most out of college with the least amount of pay from me that I have." said Laona High School Senior, Zach Reeves.
"This really relieved the stressed of what am I going to do for this," Rhinelander High School Senior, Kiah Sexton said.
"I know that there's aid out there and this really put it into my hands on how I'm going to get it."
The deadline to fill out the FAFSA form is in April.
MINOCQUA - Heading back to school makes many students stress about what they are going to wear, especially when it comes to that first day look. And educators at one Northwoods school want their students to know that dressing for success, is more important than dressing to fit in.
At Lakeland Union High School, the dress code is designed to promote making wise fashion choices. Administrators say they want students to get in the routine of dressing, as if they're going to work.
"We're teaching them how to get ready for college and how to get ready for a career that they're going to be going into, 'career and college readiness', we want to make sure that they understand 'dressing for success', and a lot of times we spend a lot of time talking from that point of view," said Lakeland Union High School principal Jim Bouche.
Lakeland Union High School doesn't require uniforms, but they do have specific guidelines in place. They don't spell out what students can wear, but instead tell them what they can't. The overall goal is to keep kids focused in class.
WAUSAU - The First Thursday means more than just a day in Wausau. It's a chance for stores to stay open later, and bring people downtown. The theme for the fourth, 2015 installment focused on live art in the Wausau River District and 400 Block.
For Wausau's Valerie Berkely, it gave her the chance to get others in touch with art.
Berkely greeted people passing by with a "Hi, I teach painting here" during the occasion outside the Center for the Visual Arts in Wausau.
VILAS COUNTY - Whether you're in the Northwoods for Labor Day Weekend or you call it home, you will have to be more careful around mosquitoes.
A dead crow in Vilas County tested positive for West Nile Virus, which is carried by mosquitoes.
According to a Vilas County Public Health Department press release, this is the first bird this summer to test positive for it.
Gina Egan of the Vilas County Health Department said over the years the county has found infected birds.
Egan suggests avoiding mosquitoes and wearing bug spray. She also suggests getting rid of standing water outside your home, such as bird baths or gutters.
Public health nurses stress that most people who do get West Nile do not get sick.
"Twenty percent of the people have it really mild," said Oneida County public health nurse Dawn Klink. "Eighty percent of the people have no symptoms. And less than one percent get really really deathly ill. And those are usually the ones that get tested for it and go in. Other people just think they've got a bug and don't go in."
Nurses want you to call the local health department if you do see a dead bird.
If you do feel you have severe symptoms of West Nile, nurses say to go to your doctor to get tested.
RHINELANDER - This year the PotatoFest in Rhinelander will still have the favorites, like the French Fry Frenzy and Polka Sunday.
But there will also be a few new additions like a beanbag toss tournament, and potato pantyhose bowling.
"The pantyhose bowling that's where you wear a pantyhose on your head and it's filled with a potato, and then you have to swing your head to knock pins, or knock the ball down to knock the pins over," said DRI Executive Director Maggie Steffen.
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