High school seniors are recognized for academic achievement

COLUMBUS,Miss.(WCBI)- Celebrating academics, and not just athletics.

This signing day recognized academic achievement for those graduating high school.

Faculty, staff, and students all watched as Columbus High School seniors announced what college they’re attending and scholarship they’ve received.

Academic signing day highlights students’ commitment to continue their education beyond high school.

Friday at Columbus High School a ceremony reserved for athletes showcased academics.

Columbus High School held its second annual academic signing day.

Interim principal Craig Chapman said academic signing day allowed the district to showcase the academically talented students.

“What we want to do is give them the opportunity to shine so that everybody can see that, you know, it’s not about athletics all the time. sometimes you can be professionals and which are academics,” said Chapman.

Senior Marian Turner will attend Spelman College in Atlanta on a full scholarship.

Her father Jason Turner said its a scholarship well earned.

“Marian is a very hard worker – band, golf – she’s into everything. She’s been waiting and waiting for an answer, she finally got that scholarship she’s been looking for so she’s Spelman bound,” said Turner.

Principal Chapman said he hoped the students see that the district is focused on helping the students succeed and feel better about themselves.

Senior Khayla Gray is attending Jackson State University on a full scholarship.

Gray said Friday’s ceremony does just that.

“I feel appreciative and loved. They really take their time out to make sure that we are okay. They’re dedicated to us and I appreciate that because most students and teachers won’t do that for us,” said Gray.

During the ceremony, students announced where they planned to attend school in the fall.

They then signed their scholarship acceptance letter making it official.

While classmates and faculty cheered, parents are just hoped they take all they’ve learned over the last four years with them as they head into the next chapter of their lives.

“Daddy loves you. Daddy will miss you. Daddy is happy to see you go. Daddy is not happy to see you go. But always remember what daddy has taught you,” said Turner.

38 students participated in Friday’s signing ceremony.

The students wore university t-shirts, sweatshirts, or dressed in the colors of the schools they plan to attend.

The students received scholarship offers from universities, colleges, and junior colleges across the southeast.

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