The Kansas Board of Regents honored Shawnee Mission East in the inaugural Kansas FAFSA Challenge. This is a recognition for high schools in Kansas that had the highest percentage of students complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or had the largest increase in FAFSA completion.
Shawnee Mission East was the 6A school in Kansas with the highest completion rate. The Board of Regents stated that students who complete the FAFSA are more likely to enroll in college and that they are grateful to the parents, counselors, teachers, and administrators who help students complete this step.
In a video shared as part of the recognition, counselor Brenda Tretbar attributed the success to collaboration and staff communicating with families about the FAFSA. She also said that helping families start the process as early as possible also leads to successful completion.
“I’m proud of our families and my colleagues for helping to achieve this and we’re looking forward to more success in the future,” Tretbar shared.
Following the recognition, principal Jason Peres shared his appreciation for the counseling team at SM East.
“Winning this competition is a testament to the outstanding job our counseling staff has done to serve students at SM East,” he shared. “We are very proud of their efforts and are thankful for their commitment to this endeavor.”