And today, the high school graduation rate is at a record high, and more young people than ever before are going to college.
And we know that school counselors like all of the folks standing with me on this stage have played a critical role in helping us get there. In fact, a recent study showed that students who met with a school counselor to talk about financial aid or college were three times more likely to attend college, and they were nearly seven times more likely to apply for financial aid.
So our school counselors are truly among the heroes of the Reach Higher story. And that's why we created this event two years ago, because we thought that they should finally get some recognition. We wanted everyone to know about the difference that these phenomenal men and women have been making in the lives of our young people every day. And our 2017 School Counselor of the Year, Terri Tchorzynski, is a perfect example.
所以我们的学校辅导员是这个Reach Higher故事中真正的英雄。这也就是为什么两年前我们要创办这个活动，因为我们认为他们最终应该要得到一些认可。我们希望每个人都明白这些不同，这些了不起的人每天在我们的年轻人生活中所产生的。我们的2017年度校园辅导员Terry Trzcinski，就是一个完美的例子。
As you heard, Terri works at the Calhoun Area Career Center, a career and technical education school in Michigan. And here's what Terri's principal said about her in his letter of recommendation. He said, "Once she identifies a systemic need, she works tirelessly to address it."
So when students at Terri's school reported feeling unprepared to apply for higher education, Terri sprang into action to create a school-wide, top-to-bottom college-readiness effort. Under Terri's leadership, more students than ever before attended workshops on resume writing, FAFSA completion — yes, I can now say FAFSA— and interview preparation. I can barely say it. They did career and personal — personality assessments. They helped plan a special college week. And they organized a Military Day, hosting recruiters from all branches of our armed forces.