LAUDERDALE CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Students at Northeast Lauderdale High School all gathered in the gymnasium Tuesday morning for the annual College and Military Signing Day. Students we spoke to after the event say they are excited for their futures.
“[I chose Mississippi College] because I really like the atmosphere, it’s a really tight knit community, the family,” says Adrian Hopsin, who is going to study pre-law and political science. “And then it’s not too far down the road from my fam, I mean, I wanted to get out of Meridian, but not too far away from the family. I’m excited about the college life, I’m really looking forward to that; and I’m playing football up there, so I’m really ready for that.”
There were many different schools and military branches represented at the school as students one by one signed a banner that represented their school or military branch of choice. Students say they made the right choice on where to go.
“I really like the small atmosphere of [Mississippi College] and my admissions counselor was very nice and very personable, and I really didn’t find that at any other school, and it’s just been a dream of mine for a while, and that’s why I chose to go,” says Madison Reynolds, who plans to study biology/medical sciences.
“I really love the environment [the University of Southern Mississippi] have there and it’s not too far away from my family and I really want to stay close to my family,” says Jasmine Nguyen, who plans to study biology.
Organizers of the event say that it’s important for the seniors to get this recognition at Signing Day and that the event is also an opportunity to inspire their younger peers.
“We want to make sure that they all know that we care about them and that we back them and we support them when they go out into the world,” says Lindsey Kalla, the counselor at Northeast Lauderdale High School. “And we really want to make sure all the other students are starting to prepare for their futures, they’re thinking about what colleges they want to go to, that they realize there are so many options.
Southeast Lauderdale High School students also celebrated College and Military Signing Day Tuesday morning.