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All Howard County eighth graders are invited to the 2019 Wildkat Welcome Night at KHS. This event, scheduled for 6 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, and will provide students and families a chance to explore the opportunities that await them at Kokomo High School, while KHS administrators and counselors answer questions about the many program options.

Wildkat Welcome Night is taking place in conjunction with the Kokomo Area Career Center Open House (open to Howard County students in grades seven to 10). Students and families attending the Wildkat Welcome Night will have an opportunity to tour the KACC facilities and speak to KACC teachers in their classrooms.

“We are excited to welcome our future Wildkats, as they begin their legacy at Kokomo High School,” KHS Principal Angela Blessing said. “We have so many amazing opportunities at KHS, including 25 Advanced Placement courses, 25 International Baccalaureate Diploma Program courses, more than a dozen Dual Credit courses, and easy access to our nationally recognized career center.”

The Wildkat Night will begin with introductions from Principal Blessing, KHS Athletic Director Nick Sale, and KHS counselors; these officials will discuss athletic options, ways to meet graduation pathways, and opportunities available in the adjoining Kokomo Area Career Center.

At approximately 6:15 p.m., students and families will walk with the administrators down the hallway to the International Baccalaureate Lounge, KHS Dance Studio, and Performing Arts Center for presentations explaining each of the three KHS Academies: International Baccalaureate, STEM, and K-Tech.

Following the presentations, students and families will have time to explore and ask questions. Food will be available in the Café. Representatives from some of Kokomo High School’s more than 50 extracurricular activities – including the new esports team – will provide information and answer questions. Students in some of Kokomo High School’s more than 40 arts classes will perform in the foyer. Administrators will remain available to answer questions about the KHS Academies, and the Athletic Office will be open for anyone who wishes to purchase Wildkat athletic gear. KHS student volunteers will help students and families who wish to tour the Kokomo Area Career Center.

“We are excited for prospective students and families to meet our staff, learn about our programs, and tour our facilities. We believe our more than 60 high-level Career and Technical Education courses, our highly trained instructors, and our support from community partners make us the best option for career and technical education in the region," said KACC Director Jonathan Schuck.

During the 2018-2019 school year, the Kokomo Area Career Center awarded $33,400 in scholarships to 59 students pursuing post-secondary education or training. KACC students earned 2,700 dual credits, 79 state-recognized certifications, and six International Baccalaureate Career Program certificates.