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It's that time of year again, the time when applications begin flooding into colleges and universities nationwide. As you get set to do the same—or maybe more importantly, as you begin your high school career—here's the top 5 things that will make you a better college prospect…

5. Don't wait until junior year. Too many students make the grave mistake of “slacking off” during their freshman and sophomore years. Unfortunately for those students, college admissions offices don't look the other way at those years when that happens. The first two years count, as well, so start well and finish strong.

4. Challenge yourself…smartly. Post-secondary schools want to see that you're taking rigorous college preparatory curriculum throughout your high school career (again, from freshman year on). However, if you're still struggling with the definition of a function, AP Calculus probably isn't your best bet.

3. Get involved…but not just to be involved. It's important to be involved in extracurricular activities, from sports, to theater, to community service organizations. Don't, however, just join to say you're a member. Be committed, and even strive for a leadership position or special honor within the organization, for that, too, will be looked highly upon by colleges.

2. Set yourself apart in the application process. “Well, duh,” you might be saying, “isn't that the whole point of this thing?” And, of course, it is. What I mean by this, though, is use your essay, letter(s) or recommendation, and all the other supplementary materials wisely. Make the individual of your application say, “Wow, this student's different—in a good way—and we need him/her on our campus.” Who knows, maybe that'll even help lessen the blow of that C in 10th grade English.

1. Maintain a solid academic record. There's obviously much more to it than this (see above), but quality grades and test scores are a critical part of the process. At most places, you won't need a 4.3 GPA and 35 ACT, but it's imperative to work and work throughout your high school career to make sure you are where you need to be when it comes time to start filling out those applications.

Dave Floyd is an Admissions Counselor at Waynesburg University, whose travel territory includes Westmoreland County, Eastern Pennsylvania and the Northeast states. He is also a 2012 Waynesburg alumnus.

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The Waynesburg University men's and women's track & field teams put together two historic days at the 2013 Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Championships, which were held Friday, April 26, and Saturday, April 27, at Washington & Jefferson's Cameron Stadium. The Yellow Jacket women won the first PAC team title in program history, while the men posted their highest finish in the team's existence by claiming second place.

 

The Jacket women featured six individual champions, including senior Carly Schubert, who not only won the shot put, but was also named 2013 PAC Field MVP after adding a silver medal in the discus. Sophomore Amanda Hobe (triple jump), senior Rhea Huwe (100 meters and long jump), senior Megan Fortna (3,000-meter steeplechase) and junior Megan Sowers (javelin) also won individual titles. Veteran head coach Jason Falvo also got in on the individual honors by earning his second career PAC Women's Coach of the Year award.

 

The Waynesburg men were led by sophomore Byrum Louco, who earned All-PAC laurels in four different events, including victories in the 400-meter hurdles and the 4x400-meter relay. For his efforts, Louco was named PAC Men's Track MVP and PAC Men's Track & Field MVP. Senior Tony Lamosek placed Waynesburg in the field events by winning the discus.

 

Both Waynesburg track teams continue their postseason at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships, which run from May 15-18 at Springfield (Mass.) College.

 

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The Waynesburg University women's golf team finally opened the 2013 spring season Saturday, April 6, when it competed in the Thiel College Women's Spring Golf Invitational. This year's Yellow Jacket squad made team history, just by showing up in the team standings. For the first time since the spring of 2008, the Yellow Jackets competed as a full team and wound up placing fifth in the five-team field.

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During the final 2012-13 meeting of the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) Student-Athlete Advisory Council Tuesday, April 2, Waynesburg University junior football player and golfer Thomas Paulone was elected as the organization's vice president. The PAC SAAC is a committee made up of student-athletes assembled to provide insight on the student-athlete experience and to offer input on the rules, regulations and policies that affect student-athletes' lives on PAC member campuses.


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After posting the top overall record in the Presidents' Athletic Conference (PAC) at 9-1 and winning a share of the 2012 PAC title, the Waynesburg University football team took up 17 slots on the 2012 PAC All-Conference Teams. The Yellow Jackets, who finished 7-1 in conference play, boasted a league-high eight first-team honorees, including three on offense, three on defense and two of the three special team spots. Leading the offensive trio was three-time first-team All-PAC honoree Adam Moses at tight end. Joining Moses as first-team offensive picks were junior offensive lineman Rob Kingerski and junior running back Bertrand Ngampa. Waynesburg's threesome of first-team defensive selections featured three-time first-team safety Bryan Gary, a junior. Defensive linemen Matt Krause, a senior, and Brandon Fedorka, a junior, were also lauded as first-team picks. The Jackets nearly swept the three first-team special teams selections as senior punter Zack Rogers and senior kick returner Christian Jackson were given the nod at their respective positions.

 

Along with Waynesburg's eight first-team nods, three Yellow Jackets were named second-team picks. Those laurels went to senior offensive lineman Conor Brinkhoff, senior linebacker Jordan Helmick and junior kicker Alex Henry.

 

Six honorable mention selections – Jackson, this time at wide receiver, senior running back Dominic Moore, junior linebacker Ronnie Skinner, sophomore linebacker John Skiora, senior defensive back LaVance Turnage, Jr. and junior defensive back Logan McAnany – completed Waynesburg's awards haul.

 

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