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3/13/2013 9:41:00 AM
College focus encouraged at AAUW Sister-to-Sister Luncheon
UUAW member Sandra Bennett, left, converses with two Bradshaw Mountain High School students, Samantha Hudson, middle, and Tawnya Shy, during the annual Sister-to-Sister luncheon on Feb. 5.
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UUAW member Sandra Bennett, left, converses with two Bradshaw Mountain High School students, Samantha Hudson, middle, and Tawnya Shy, during the annual Sister-to-Sister luncheon on Feb. 5.
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By Claudia Greenwood
Special to the Tribune

At its annual Sister-to-Sister Luncheon on Feb. 5, members of the American Association of University Women Prescott chapter encouraged 24 female students from Bradshaw Mountain and Mayer High schools to pursue courses of study in science, technology, engineering and math as they prepare for their futures.

Karla Phillips, associate dean for the Career and Technical Education Center and keynote speaker, impressed the students with her personal stories of accepting challenges and pushing through fear.

Two of the three student speakers were a mentor-mentee team from Yavapai College. Although they were non-traditional students, their message was to set goals that advance pursuit of big dreams and move toward them step by step.

Particularly powerful was the message by one student, a mother of three, to put education first. She spoke of the challenges of taking one or two courses at a time to accommodate her family, delaying by years her career goal as a pharmacist.

The third student, a recent graduate from Prescott College, is pursuing advanced degrees in international relations and multicultural studies. She spoke of the need for greater understanding through cultural exchange and service.

The capstone speaker, Stephanie Jefferson, author of teen novels about a heroine warrior princess, reminded the students that their ability to succeed was determined most of all by a strong belief in themselves...and Girl Power! Jefferson encouraged each participant to be supportive of all and to create positive energy that could accomplish whatever goals the girls set.

The Educational Talent Search through Yavapai College gives middle and high school students opportunities and motivation to plan fulfilling lives by succeeding in school and by planning a college education. ETS helps more than 700 college-bound students in Yavapai College each year prepare for college entrance exams and apply for scholarships. Students also visit Arizona community colleges and university campuses. ETS is a federally-funded grant program.

AAUW Prescott chapter is involved in three community action projects: Sister-to-Sister, supporting first-generation college-bound students of federally qualifying families; Woman to Woman, a mentoring program for non-traditional women students starting or returning to college at Yavapai College, Prescott campus; and Teen Maze, a three-day event about life choices and consequences that takes place this year on April 24-26.

For more information on the AAUW, visit

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