Bags of paper filled with answers and answers to trivia, quizzes, and a series of practice exams were scattered throughout the auditorium, along with a stack of other items.
A few seats were reserved for a small group of high school seniors.
The event was the culmination of a few weeks of intensive work between the University of Arkansas and Seawolf Education, the company that manages the entrance to Seaworthorld’s world-famous “World of Tomorrow” facility.
In addition to the entrance exam, the facility offers the “Seaworld Academy” program, which is designed to help students learn to master all aspects of the company’s newest facility, including its new “Seal of Mastery” program.
The program is available to anyone 18 and older who has passed the entrance test.
The entrance exam is also available to those students who wish to take it at a later date, but must have completed the entrance process at Seawulforld.
“I just want to thank you for your effort and your dedication to the people of the University,” Seawardorld CEO Mike Wilt said to a group of students in the auditoria.
“Your work has paid off.
You’ve made your way through this.
It’s very rewarding, but it’s not the end of the world.”
As Seawildorld began the event, the audience of around 400 erupted in cheers, including one teen who had come from out of town to see the show.
“This is such an amazing experience,” she told the audience.
“I love that Seawoldorld has opened up.
I’m so excited for my future.
We are a team, we’re a family, we’ve made this a very special place.”
Seawardoyne has already opened the gates to the park to visitors, and Wilt announced that Seawsse is now accepting new guests and is offering discounts on admission.
The company plans to host an educational seminar at the park in the near future.
This story is part of POLITICO’s SECURE LIFE series on education.