Release Date: 
Thursday, October 11, 2018

"We had a blast" at Discover Day 2018

Russ Kavalhuna and three students from Ecorse High School

Photo: Three students from Ecorse High School spent time with President Kavalhuna during Discover Day.

More than 650 students from 25 area high schools attended the fifth annual Discover Day in late September at Henry Ford College, getting a taste of what the College has to offer in terms of academic programs, various activities, and campus life.

Ashley Chmura and her friend Hannah Nowak, both of whom attend Divine Child High School in Dearborn, found the campus and the people at HFC to be “very welcoming.” In fact, Nowak’s mother, Dina Fonseca, works in HFC’s payroll office. Discover Day gave Nowak plenty of insights about the College.

“I’ll probably come here when I graduate. I like the campus; it’s not super big, so I wouldn’t get lost here,” she said.

For Chmura, Discover Day assuaged some of her fears about life after high school, particularly navigating a college campus.

“It’s easier to start off at HFC and then go on to a university. I’d rather come here because of the programs at HFC,” said Chmura, who wants to study either art or architecture, both of which are offered at the College.

Ecorse students bring a passion for music

Three Ecorse Community High School students – Trevon Gentris, Taylor Crosby, Keyvon Smith – are auditioning for full-ride music scholarships to Kentucky State University in Frankfort, KY. Still, they attended Discover Day and explored HFC’s campus, including HFC’s award-winning music department, asking all sorts of questions.

All three agreed that HFC is high on their list for college choices after they graduate from high school next spring.

“The people here have been giving me very positive energy, and I’ve been giving them the same energy back. I’m really having a good time,” said Smith.

“The people here are cool – they’ve been very helpful and friendly,” said Crosby. “Everybody’s been so nice.”

The three students spoke at length with HFC President Russell Kavalhuna.

“He was very hands-on and talked to all three of us. He talked to a lot of students and showed a genuine interest in us and our plans,” said Gentris. “He even posed for pictures with us. That was pretty cool. We had a blast coming here.”

Discover Day was as fun and exciting for Kavalhuna as it was for the students. He enjoyed the chance to engage with students and talk about their interests.

“This was my first Discover Day. I was impressed with the event and the students who attended,” he said. “The beauty of Discover Day is it’s a no-pressure environment where prospective students, education partners, and parents get ample time to speak to education experts in a relaxed environment without any pressure. These prospective students get to see and hear about HFC's numerous programs, student activities and organizations. These students also see how dedicated we are to their success in school and in life.”

Discover Day is an annual event every September at HFC. Return to this website to learn about Discover Day 2019.