Communications Department
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October 1, 2009
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North Shore AVID Students tour Texas A&M University Campus

       Students in the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program at North Shore 9th Grade Center visited the campus of Texas A&M University on September 30. 
       The students were given a thorough tour of campus where they learned several of the Aggie traditions that have been passed down from generation to generation.
       Students reported that some of their favorite traditions included the statue of former Texas Governor and Texas A&M President Lawrence Sullivan "Sul" Ross where Aggies place pennies for good luck; the Century Oak Tree, planted in 1898, which is a popular spot for students to propose marriage; and the fact that Aggies say “HOWDY!” to everyone as a greeting. 
The North Shore students were also taken to Kyle Field where they learned more traditions. The students ate lunch at Sbisa Dining Hall, which opened in 1912, and took full advantage of the unlimited ice cream and cookies.  After a wonderful lunch, the students toured the Student Recreation Center and campus bookstore before loading the bus. 
       A highlight of the trip was getting to visit with current Texas A&M quarterback Jerrod Johnson.  Johnson encouraged the students to focus on education and said that ninth grade was the time to get serious about school.  
       “The tour of Texas A&M presented the North Shore students with an opportunity to catch a glimpse of college life,” said Meredith Milum, AVID instructor at North Shore. “The students left College Station excited about all that was experienced!  The drive back to North Shore proved that our ninth grade students are one step closer to college readiness.”

AVID Students
      Jerrod Johnson, quarterback at Texas A&M (wearing baseball cap in back) greets students from North Shore 9th Grade Center’s AVID program outside Kyle Field in College Station, Texas.