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College Planning Seminar Series to benefit Beverly Animal Shelter

Presented for high school juniors and seniors by John Dragone College Guidance Services, LLC to Benefit Beverly Animal Shelter

The Seminars Are Free
At the Conclusion of Each Seminar, Parents Are Invited to Give a Voluntary Donation
of Any Amount to Beverly Animal Shelter

John Dragone undertook this fundraising activity as a means to honor the memory of his beloved late Golden Retriever, Kobe, who clung to John’s side, 24 hours a day for an entire month, providing unconditional love and comfort to John during his near-fatal illness in the winter of 2018. See “For the love of Kobe,” a story that appeared in the August 11, 2019 edition of the Finger Lakes Times. The story is available online.

Topics of the Seminar Series are as follows (subject to change):
Mastering the College Planning Process (January 2020)
How to Choose a College Major/Career (winter/spring of junior year)
Understanding How Colleges Make Admission Decisions (spring of junior year)
Mastering the College Application Process (September of senior year)
Understanding How Colleges Award Financial Aid and Scholarships (early October of senior year)
Seating for each seminar is limited, and registration is required. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Each seminar is two hours in length.

If interested, join our mailing list right away at
(Click on “Join Mailing List” tab in the upper right-hand corner of the website’s home page)
By joining the mailing list, you will receive specific seminar details (date, time, location, how to register, etc.) a few weeks prior to each seminar.


WHAT: “Mastering the College Planning Process” — a seminar for juniors and their parents.
The student must be accompanied by a parent.

PRESENTER: John Dragone, M.Ed., CEP
Certified Educational Planner, and owner of John Dragone College Guidance Services, LLC

WHEN: Sunday, January 26, 2020 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. (Please arrive by 5:20 p.m.)

WHERE: Fayette Fire Department Meeting Room
4200 State Route 414, Fayette, New York

COST: There is no fee to attend this seminar. Parents will be invited to make a voluntary
donation of any amount, with checks payable to Beverly Animal Shelter (no cash,
please). Donations will be collected at the end of the seminar.

REGISTER: This seminar is limited to 25 juniors (and their parents).
Registration is required. Registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

To register, go to You must do two things: Join the online
Mailing List (if you haven’t already done so), and complete the online Seminar Registration Form.

PLEASE NOTE: If you are unable to attend this seminar due to the date and time that it is being offered, please email John Dragone at and make him aware of it. If there is enough interest to warrant it, there is a possibility that this seminar may be offered again at a later date.


SAT, ACT and Subject Tests: How do colleges use these scores? How important are they? What if I’m not a good test-taker? Setting up a test-taking schedule for the spring of the junior year
What constitutes a “good” college?
Types of colleges that exist: 2-year, 4-year, public colleges, private colleges, trade schools, etc.
How much does college cost?
How hard (or easy) is it to get into college?
Becoming familiar with the State University of New York (SUNY) System of Colleges
The importance of working closely with your guidance counselor
College Planning Timeline: What juniors (and parents) should be doing between now and the end of their senior year
Student and parent roles in the college planning process
Factors to consider in choosing a college
The importance of avoiding excessive student indebtedness

A-Paw-Colypse 5K race on October 20, 2018

Halloween fun for families, friends, co-workers & kids for a walk/run through a neighborhood route on a late fall afternoon with zombies!

They could be anywhere but definitely in the cemetery dress-up! Costume prizes for adults, kids and dogs. People-friendly dogs are welcome to walk/run with you. All participants are eligible for prizes so you can be a winner even if you don’t finish in 1st place.

Zombie medals for kids and adults, too.

The $20 entry fee includes a t-shirt.

The run starts at the VFW at 29 Elisja Street in Waterloo with packet pick-up on race day at the VFW from 3:30 – 5:30 pm or pre-race pick-up on Friday 10/19 from 4-8 pm at the Seneca Falls Library at 47 Cayuga Street in Seneca Falls.

Sign up for the race as an individual or as a team with 3 or 4 family members or friends.


Registration is accepted on race day after 3:30 pm with cash or check only. Print and mail the registration form or sign-up online now.

Any questions please email

All proceeds will benefit the Beverly Animal Shelter.