(St. Joseph,MO) College signings are often thought of as being something exclusively for student athletes, but Megan McCamy, College and Career Advisor at Central High School said things were a little different on Wednesday morning.
“We have a lot of student athletes that are headed off to play sports and athletics after high school once they get into college. We realized we wanted to recognize more people and try to be more inclusive of a larger portion of our student body,” McCamy said. “We just really encourage students to have a plan after high school whether that involves continuing their education or heading to the military.”
All seniors with plans to continue their education through college, a trade school or the military were invited to participate in the 4th annual Decision Day.
The senior exclusive event brought in over 40 representatives from colleges and branches of the military to give students a memorable experience.
“I’m the only person actually going to William Jewell from my high school. So the fact that they took time out of their day to come and actually sign just me felt really personal,” CHS Senior Hailee Brushwood said.
Brushwood said she will be attending William Jewell after graduation to study molecular biology and later pursue her dream of becoming a neurosurgeon. She said college will be the first stepping stone for a career of helping others.
“I didn’t decide that I wanted to be a doctor until pretty recently, but I knew that I wanted to do something important.I knew that if I wanted to do something at a higher level I was going to have to go to college first,” Brushwood said.
While several colleges and universities were represented at Decision Day, not every student was there to commit to a four year college.
“I never thought about going into the military and now talking to other people and
being able to venture out and get different opportunities, seeing that there are other options out there other than just college,” CHS Senior and Army Recruit Jacinda Shannon said.
Shannon will be enlisting in the United States Army after graduation. She is scheduled to leave for her basic training in July.
“It’s something that I feel like a lot of people can do, but a lot of people don’t choose to do. So for me to be able to take that honor and stand up and take that, I feel like is a big deal for me,” Shannon said.
According to McCamy, 260 students out of 350 in central’s senior class participated in the Decision Day celebration as they prepare for graduation on May 20.