NSHSS Member Event at Florida International University

The National Society of High School Scholars, in partnership with FIU, greeted our outstanding members and their families at our Member Event in the Student Academic Success Center (SASC) on the campus of Florida International University on Saturday, June 11, 2022. Members were welcomed with a continental breakfast, then we dove right into a special presentation by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), educational workshops, campus tours, and a college & career fair. We ended end the day with our Member Recognition Ceremony, where each NSHSS member in attendance was recognized for their incredible academic achievements with their own honor medallion!

June 11, 2022
Miami, FL

College & Career Fair Exhibitors

  • American Physical Therapy Association (APTA)
  • Bocconi University, Central Intelligence Agency (CIA)
  • CollegeAdvisor.com
  • Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising (FIDM)
  • Florida International University
  • IE University
  • Johnson & Wales University
  • Liberty University
  • Monash University
  • Savannah College of Art & Design (SCAD)!

Event agenda

*This agenda is subject to change. Final details will be sent closer to event date.

Attendees will check-in with a digital or printed copy of their tickets and members will receive name badges in the Campus Center Auditorium foyer.

NSHSS will provide a catered continental breakfast for attendees.

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.

NSHSS will welcome attendees to campus, then Florida International University staff will guide them through an informative presentation about the university.

Our partner, the Central Intelligence Agency, will present information about the special opportunities available to NSHSS members in high school, college, and even post-graduation. CIA offers multiple opportunities for college students to include scholarships and internships. CIA scholarships and internships offer competitive pay, health and life insurance benefits as well as an opportunity to work in a competitive atmosphere to gain valuable hands on experiences.

You've got questions about the college admissions process ahead of you--and CollegeAdvisor.com has the answers! Drawing on our experience working 1-on-1 with over 3,000 clients, we'll show you how to build a game plan to tackle the increasingly competitive college application process. You'll learn about application strategy, extracurriculars, supplemental essay writing, and test-optional policies as we navigate the changing landscape of college admissions.

Attendees will visit nearby eateries for lunch on their own.

Attendees will break up into groups for guided tours of the FIU campus.

Attendees will have the chance to gather information from College & Career Fair exhibitors.

Selecting a major is an important first step to applying to the University. Learn about ways to align your interests, skills, values and career goals to make an appropriate selection. Prospective students will learn about the variety of majors available at FIU as well as the resources that assist students along their University journey.

Members will hear congratulatory remarks and receive their own NSHSS honor medallion.

Meet the Speakers

Alina Dominguez

Manager of Academic Advising Services

Alina has worked with the University for 15 years in various roles and has found a love for advising in the past nine. She earned a BS degree in Biological Sciences and then a master's degree in International Business. Alina draws from her varied work experience covering multiple industries and her own educational background to add to her expertise. She currently works with the college and various university centers on initiatives to build student engagement with the college and university. Whether it's working on an online project, helping a student create a strategy to bounce back, or firing up a crowd of freshmen during orientation, Alina's passion for FIU's current and future students is clear.

Reynol Garcia Jr

Admissions Recruiter

Reynol Garcia Jr. is an admissions recruiter at Florida International University (FIU), among the top-10 largest universities in the country by enrollment, where he assists in the recruitment of undergraduate students.
Prior to joining FIU, Garcia worked in a variety of different fields within education. Garcia earned his bachelor’s degree in Public Administration from FIU and an associate’s degree from Miami Dade College. His interests include sports, film, and theater.

Brian Mitchell


Brian is the Founder and Executive Vice President of CollegeAdvisor.com, an online college admissions counseling company serving over 3,000 clients in the US and more than 60 countries globally. CollegeAdvisor has over 300 former Admissions Officers and Advisors who offer students 1-on-1 personalized guidance through every step of the college admissions process, including school research and college list creation; extracurricular and profile development; essay editing; financial aid & merit scholarships; interview prep; and more. The CollegeAdvisor team also loves to give back, having donated over $500,000 of pro-bono college advising to students from lower-income and first-generation backgrounds. Brian graduated with Distinction from University of Virginia's McIntire School of Commerce, where he studied Finance and Analytics as a Jefferson and Echols Scholar.


Central Intelligence Agency

Bill is a 20-year veteran Intelligence Officer with the CIA. He began his career as an Intelligence Analyst who then moved into Technical Operations. He served two overseas tours in Europe and one in Asia, planning, executing and leading intelligence collection operations globally. He has served as a supervisor and manager both domestically and abroad. Bill is currently the Gulf States Regional Recruiter.

Josie Pearce

Dartmouth College, Class of 2020, Government & Spanish

Josie is a pre-law student, and on-campus, she works as a peer tutor. Most notably, she is a spokesperson for the Lupus Foundation of America. Since she was diagnosed with lupus at 15, she has filmed a public service announcement and shot a print ad campaign to raise awareness about lupus across the United States. She also hosted the Lupus Foundation of America's annual gala where over $35,000 were raised for pediatric lupus research. Josie also competes in the Miss America Organization, where she uses her personal platform to bring awareness to all invisible illnesses throughout the state of New Hampshire. 

"I have truly appreciated my involvement in NSHSS because I have had opportunities to attend events outside of typical high school or college events. Getting the chance to meet like-minded people is always a great experience. During my senior year of high school, I won the Robert Shepherd Leadership Award. This scholarship went directly towards my tuition statement, and it was helpful to earn a scholarship that is helping to pay for my college right now!" says Josie.