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Posted: Sunday, February 26, 2006 12:00 pm | Updated: 3:17 pm, Wed Aug 15, 2012.

By Robert Nathan

Killeen Daily Herald

Area students and college recruiters discussed higher education options Saturday at the education summit sponsored by the Killeen Omicron PI graduate chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity.

Over the past five years, the chapter has awarded more than $30,000 in scholarships to local college-bound students. The summit honored Black History Month by stressing the importance of higher education and successful choices.

The students started out somewhat nonchalant, but as we progressed, they became more interested and more responsive, said Talmadge Varnado II, a member of the Omicron Pi chapter of the Omega Psi Phi fraternity. The community has been very supportive and they gave us everything we wanted.

The event began with a speech from Killeen City Manager Connie Green on the Killeen economic development plan, which was a strategic vision for the future. Event coordinators said about 115 parents and students attended the summit, which was held at the Howard Johnson Hotel in Killeen.

I came to get more information about getting into college and its requirements, said Delashon Atkins, 17, a senior at Ellison High School.

Representatives from 21 colleges along with Central Texas College spoke to area students about what programs their schools offer.

It helped me realize my options and the opportunities I have, said Oscar Lewis, 17, a senior at Copperas Cove High School.

ROTC instructor and Navy Lt. Kenneth Lester spoke to 25 students about the ROTC benefits at Prairie View University. Two of the students Lester spoke to qualified for scholarships.

I had a great time talking to students in the Central Texas area about the oldest historically black college in Arkansas, said Kenzie Wallace, professor of military science at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.

After students spoke to college recruiters, members of the Omicron Pi graduate chapter held a black history jeopardy challenge.

We are here to compete in the knowledge bowl and were here to take it, said Jah Nice, one of the attendees.

Next year, the chapter hopes the knowledge bowl will be a way for students to compete for scholarships.

Contact Robert Nathan at ranathan@kdhnews.com

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