In an effort to recognize and celebrate the academic achievements and choices of our state's high school seniors to access higher education, Alfred Ely Beach High School participated in College Decision Day with a celebration on Thursday, May 12, 2022. The celebration was held for the senior class to recognize and celebrate the decision to enroll in a post-secondary institution, enlist in the Armed Forces, or gain career-based employment upon high school graduation.
The goal of Decision Day is to recognize high school seniors for their postsecondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for postsecondary education. Decision Day is held annually on or around May 1 and is designed to coincide with the date that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll.
Decision Day is inspired by the NCAA's National Signing Day to reinforce that excellence in the classroom should be given as much attention and recognition as excellence in athletics. The NCAA's National Signing Day is when high school seniors sign a letter of intent to play sports at a specific college. Traditionally, student-athletes participate in press conferences and signing ceremonies to announce their intent to attend a college. Decision Day's purpose is to generate this excitement for ALL students going to the next stage of learning regardless of their participation in a sport.
Beach High's celebration featured at performance by the school's marching band, glee club, and cheerleaders, along with an inspirational speech by radio personality and community advocate Lady Mahogany. See more photos from the event here.