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Approximately 20 West Liberty University faculty members “took over” John Marshall High School classrooms Friday as a part of the school’s 4th annual “Academic Invasion” by the Hilltoppers.

Students were surprised, when they reported to class, to see their regular teachers had been replaced for the day. Professors taught a lesson in their subject matter and talked about college classes, along with campus life. The experience gave JM students the opportunity to sit in on a college class without going to the WLU campus.

Representatives from all five WLU academic colleges participated in the “invasion” including the College of Arts and Communication, College of Sciences, College of Education and Human Performance, Gary E. West College of Business and College of Liberal Arts.

This was the first year JM Guidance Counselor Chad Tredway helped organize this unique experience. During the previous three “invasions,” recently retired JM Guidance Counselor and WLU alumna Marilyn Wehrheim would coordinate the experience.

“Over the years, some professors have built a strong academic relationship with the JMHS faculty, which in turn, strengthens our relationship with the university,” Tredway said. “The best part of the day is that the students have the opportunity to not only learn interesting information about their subjects, but they also gain exposure to how passionate the university professors are about their field of study.”

This partnership benefits both the high school students and the college faculty. The students to get a taste of college while the professors get a chance to connect with the students in their own setting.

“We want incoming students to have a smooth transition to college,” explained Rhonda McCullough, WLU Admissions Counselor.  “Sometimes students think professors are tough.  So tough in fact, students don’t think they can pass a college course. This is about reassuring the students that college isn’t a scary place.  We want the students to see firsthand how nice and helpful professors are at a university.” Members from both John Marshall High School and West Liberty University enjoy putting together this annual event.