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Wednesday, September 11, 2013 • Posted September 12, 2013

Dear Gerry Gamel,

As a senior at Mason High School, I understand the increasing importance of college hours and attending college itself. Since the number of colleges is not increasing at a rate near to that of the demand, the tuition costs for college has gone up! The growing importance of college makes it become a prerequisite for careers and jobs. Thus as a prospective Geologist, I cannot set off to pursue my dream of analyzing the changing world with just a high school diploma.

Thankfully, the Mason County Child Welfare Board has stepped up to address the question high school students are facing: how to pay or fund college tuition costs?

As an active part of the Mason Community, the MCCWB acts as an asset by paying half of students’ – from low-income backgrounds – CTC college tuitions. Out of the four dual credit courses I have taken from CTC, the MCCWB has supplied me with half of all the necessary funds, approximately $1,124.00.

Not only does the MCCWB give to students’ educational needs at MHS, it also supports and helps the Community of Mason. Every year, the members of the MCCWB work diligently to hold a hamburger luncheon fundraiser on the Mason Square.

I would like to send a Texas-sized thank you to the members of the MCCWB, last year’s, this year’s, and prospective donators, and the city of Mason for positively supporting my education. Anyone who would like to make a donation to the MCCWB tuition assistance fund may do so by sending a check to MCCWB PO Box 475 Mason, Texas 76856. Please make sure to write “Tuition” in the memo line. Or you can drop it off with MCCWB Treasurer Amanda McMillan at the Mason Bank.

As a part of a single-parent home and the sixth out of seven children, sometimes I struggle to pay for the necessary funds of a public school. One of my responsibilities is to pay for the Dual-Credit tuition. However, since I am an active senior at Mason HS, my dual credit bill is not the only bill accumulating. I’m actively participating as a Varsity Co-Captain Cheerleader, Drum Major, Student Council Officer, Nation Honor Society member, and it’s just the fall semester.

Additionally, I work at the Mason County News all-throughout the year, when other activities permit. Also, I work during the summer in Minnesota with my dad in his Lawn Service business – which he established 31 years ago.

Hopefully, next fall I will be moving into Texas Christian University or Rice University pursuing my Geology dream. But I know that with an education from Mason High School, and the support of the world behind me, I can succeed to new levels with any endeavor I embark on.


Jackie Drazan

Mason High School Senior

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