Freshmen visit WSU
Thirty-three GEAR UP freshmen from Prairie visited the WSU campus in Pullman, Washington last Tuesday, November 5th.  Despite the chilly wind and snow, the kids enjoyed the walking tour of campus which included running around on the football field of Martin Stadium.   They also visited the Connor Museum which houses 700 animal mounts and is the largest public collection of birds and mammals in the Pacific Northwest.
After a nice lunch on campus, the students had a brief admissions presentation.  They learned the importance of getting good grades during high school and what it takes to apply to college.  The next stop was Ferdinand’s - the WSU creamery.  The student’s had the opportunity to buy ice cream and learn what it takes to make 250,000 thirty-ounce cans of cheese and 20,000 gallons of ice cream every year.  
For the final activity, a small group of 7 students interested in Veterinary Science toured the Veterinary Medicine Hospital on campus.  They were given a complete tour of the facility and learned about the Veterinary medicine program.  The remaining students went to an interesting college-level Sociology class presented by a Ph.D. student.  They also learned about what to expect in college.

Some of the freshmen in front of the statute of “Butch” the WSU mascot.  We learned that WSU had a live cougar mascot until the 1970’s that lived in a cage on this very spot.  From left:  Cody Lockhart, Cole Creutzberg, Brandon Anderson, Darlene Gehring, Chaye Uptmor, Kylie Tidwell, Madison Ulmer, Faith Uhlenkott, Ryan Glimp, Lindsey Goeckner, Tyson Schlader, and Selena Davila.  Kneeling:  Mykaela McWilliams and Nicole Poxleitner.

Don’t they look cold?! More Prairie freshmen by the Cougar mascot statue.   From left:  Nathan Gimmeson, Joel Wimer, Terran Vanator, Britney Bianchi, Jordan Bowles, Katelin Spears, AJ Everson, Raice Dalgliesh, Todd Ott, Jon Halligan, Laina Sonnen, Bailie Gehring, and Stephanie Jungert.  Kneeling:  Tiffany Sonnen, Della Sprute and Samantha Remacle. Photos by Loretta Poxleitner.

This group of intrepid students was interested in finding out more about the Vet Science program at WSU and took a tour of their state-of-the-art facility.  From left, Cole Creutzberg, Darlene Gehring, Selena Davila, Nicole Poxleitner, Kylie Tidwell, Madison Ulmer, and Mykaela McWilliams.

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