Wellston High School Teacher Featured in 'People'

By: WSAZ News Staff Email
By: WSAZ News Staff Email

WELLSTON, Ohio (WSAZ) -- At Wellston High School, 52 percent of the senior class has been accepted to college.

But one group of students is defying the odds. The 32 seniors in a new class, called Journeys, are all heading off to college in the fall.

And they're getting some national attention.

Taelor Folden is a senior at Wellston High School.

Right now, she has prom on the brain.

She can focus on the fun stuff, because she knows where she's headed next year.

“Knowing what I'm going to do and going off to college is a big relief,” Folden said. “It's a lot of stress off your shoulders.”

Taelor gives the credit to her Journeys class and teacher Ellen McCabe.

They're featured in this week's edition of People Magazine.

Journeys gets students ready for college: walking them through the ACT, applications, and scholarships.

Ellen wants kids today to have a different experience than she had.

“Nobody said why don't you go to college?” McCabe said. “Not at home. Not at school. Not a guidance counselor. Nobody. And so I just wound up not going.”

Now, she's changing futures. For many of her students, college wasn't even on their radar a few years ago.

“I look back to like my sophomore year in high school, and I'm like, I don't even know if I'm going to graduate,” Folden said.

Now, Folden will get her diploma in a few weeks and head to Ohio University in the fall.

McCabe hopes to get the class expanded to a place where all seniors will be able to take it. Next year they will be offering three Journeys classes for seniors.

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