For National College Signing Day, Essence Blackwell wore a Campbell University T-shirt to let everyone know about her next journey in education.
The Clinton High School (CHS) senior was one of many who participated in the national event on Friday, which follows last year’s Reach Higher, an initiative created First Lady Michelle Obama. It was launched in San Antonio and encourages to complete their education beyond high school.
“I think it’s important, because it’s a way for you to go into the career you want and I think you should go after high school,” Essence said about preparing for the world. “I’m ready graduate and I’m ready for college.”
Campbell University, a school in Buies Creek, will give Essence the opportunity to study criminal justice and be close to home. For her, it’s an important step in life for career choices.
Toni Blount, college and career coordinator, said the Friday event was a day to celebrate college decisions made by the seniors. The early May occasion is also a time for students to notify colleges about their decision to attend. “It’s also a way to celebrate and explain the next steps for the students,” Blount said referring to selecting dorms, roommates, purchasing books and attending orientations.
Blount said there’s a variety of opportunities available to students after high school. Some of them include two-year colleges, four-year universities or trade schools. Currently about 144 students at CHS have received letters of acceptance, which accounts for about 80 percent of the senior class. She expects the amount to increase during the summer.
CHS students also enjoyed participating in a cornhole contest and raffle with prizes donated by the Parent Teacher Student Organization.
“I also hoping this day sets an example for our ninth through 11th graders so they can see what their futures hold and to get them to think about what their plans are before they’re seniors,” Blount said.
Another student setting an example was Senior Josh Armwood. He plans to attend Greensboro College and liked the overall purpose of National College Signing Day. After graduating from CHS his goal is to become a student-athlete and obtain an doctorate.
“Education is the key to success, so you need education to get far in life,” Josh said.