Staff at Summers County High School made sure athletes were not the only students getting an official signing day. The school hosted a College Decision Day signing for its graduating students.
Counselor Melissa Kirkham told 59 News this is the sixth year in a row they put on the event in partnership with the West Virginia GEAR UP program. The GEAR UP grant allows students in low income and rural areas to have early access to college information.
More than 30 seniors were joined by family and loved ones as they signed a letter for the school they intend to go to after graduation. Kirkham explained that it is not an official letter, but a way to celebrate the success of the students.
“Whether it’s going to a trade school, a four year school, the military or an apprenticeship program, we want to celebrate anything they are doing to continue their education after they graduate,” Kirkham said.
Kirkham said not all students who are furthering their education were present. Summers County High School has about a 40 percent college going rate.