AMORY – A new tradition coinciding with National College Decision Day was introduced at Amory High School May 1, becoming an instant success. The concept combined a pep rally with the format of an athletic signing for seniors going into college, the military and the workforce.
The event capped off a year that included a pilot program for seniors emphasizing life skills development and college- and career-readiness. AHS Principal Leigh Stanford led the event with assistant principal Nick Hathcock and the pilot program’s teacher, Coty Cox.
“Amory High School honored all 123 members of the graduating class at their first Senior Academic Signing Day,” Stanford said. “Each senior committed themselves by signing letters of intent with his or her college of choice, workforce or military branch. We knew that this would be an exciting event to begin with this year’s graduating class when we heard about it at a conference this past summer.”
More than 12 different colleges and workforce agencies were represented to honor seniors, as well as to inspire students other lower levels. Abi Parish was among those who will be attending Mississippi State University this fall.
“The day was exciting for us and helpful for the underclassmen to inspire them to graduate like us,” she said.
Not all seniors are college bound as some are going into military service and entering the workforce to learn trade skills.
Logan West is looking at possibilities at either NauticStar or working for the Mississippi Department of Transportation like his father.
“It was pretty fun. It turned out to be more than I expected,” West said.
Staff members and students didn’t have any disappointments.
“This event was more successful than we had even imagined. We definitely want to continue to host this event for years to come,” Stanford said.