NKY Enquirer – DAYTON — Several seniors at Dayton High School took a step towards a more successful future Thursday, March 28, by signing letters of intent to further their education.
During the school’s second annual College Signing Day assembly, 40 of the school’s 55 seniors took stage with representatives from various universities, colleges and technical schools to make a commitment to attend the schools this fall.
“This event is like what they have at other schools where athletes get to sign with the school they plan to play for,” said school counselor Jen Glass. “We felt that our students committing to go to college deserved to be recognized for their accomplishments.”
Glass said during the past several years, the district has been through a lot, with much of the focus being on the negative.
This event, which serves as an opportunity for students to show how hard they’ve worked and how resilient they’ve been, focuses on the positive, Glass said.
“This is just a way for us to recognize these students for all their hard work,” Glass said.
Principal Rick Wolf said last year, when the students scored an average of 16.5 on the ACT, he challenged them to do better.
Wolf said the students answered that challenge by bringing up the class average to 18.
During the assembly, State Representative Dennis Keene, D-Wilder, congratulated the students on their accomplishments and talked about the importance of education.
“Education is one of the keys to developing our economy in the Commonwealth,” Keene said.
Speaker Jack Moreland, president of Southbank Partners and former superintendent of Dayton schools, encouraged the students to work hard, stay committed and do something they really want to do.
“If you do something you love, you’ll never work a day in your life,” Moreland said.
To honor the students’ achievements, Keene provided a special pen, usually only given when a bill is signed into a law, to each of the students to sign their letters of intent.
To participate in the event, students had to meet five requirements including holding a senior conference, applying to at least one college, going on at least one college visit, taking the ACT at least twice and completing a FAFSA application for financial aid.
The event was part of the school’s Operation Preparation week, which included daily activities meant to help students be college and career ready.
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