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College conference targets black students

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African-American students entering their junior or senior years in high school are invited to attend a summer conference meant to prepare them for college life.

The 21st annual Academically Proficient African American High School Junior Senior Conference will be held June 13-14 at Murray State University. The conference was announced this week by its sponsors, the Council on Postsecondary Education and the Kentucky Department of Education.

The conference will include information about college opportunities across Kentucky and the country, selecting a college, picking a career, finding financial aid and adjusting to college life.

The keynote speaker will be Patricia Kusimo, chief executive officer of West Virginia Center for Development. She is one of the founders of Maximizing the Achievement of African American Children in Kanawha. Kanawha is in West Virginia.

Ben Glenn, president of Chalkguy Media International, will make a presentation during lunch. Glenn is a public speaker and author who does live art demonstrations.

The conference will also include sessions for students and parents about scholarships and developing coping and communication skills. It will conclude with a career fair. For more information on the conference, call Natasha Murray at the Kentucky Department of Education at (502) 564-1479 or e-mail natasha.murray@ Or contact Rana Johnson at the Council on Postsecondary Education at (502) 573-1555, Ext. 243, or


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