College Signing Ceremony Focuses on Academic Success

Organizers hope to inspire underclassmen to put more thought into their post-high-school plans.

Posted: May. 16, 2018 6:41 PM
Updated: May. 17, 2018 9:43 AM

REDDING, Calif. - High school students from across Shasta County were honored in a special ceremony at the Cascade Theater in Redding Wednesday.

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Shasta County High School District superintendent Jim Cloney said the event is meant to highlight and encourage students who have made plans to improve their quality of life through college and/or career education.

“We've all seen over the years athletes that sign letters of intent,” Cloney said. “And so we're sort of taking that idea to a different level academically, and we're going to highlight the academic options these kids have.”

Students like students like Marino Carrillo from Shasta High School who will be attending Sacramento State in the fall.

“It's pretty nice,” Carrillo said. “I was really surprised to get invited. I had no idea.”

Carrillo will be pursuing a degree in construction project management.

For him, going to college is a big deal in more ways than one.

“No one in my family has been to a four-year, so it's a new experience for me,” he said.

Cloney says by highlighting students today, it shows other students working toward graduation what options lay before them after high school.

“Our goal through Reach Higher Shasta is that all kids have a post-secondary plan,” he said.

But he says there are a lot more options out there than just going to a four-year college.

“Those plans can vary between the military, community college, local state schools, obviously the UC schools, private schools, technical schools,” Cloney said. “We know that our students go onto a variety of things. And we want all of our students to know that.”

Each high school selected a handful of students to feature in order to illustrate the diversity of post high school choices being pursued by Shasta County seniors.

“And so we think it's a great way not just to honor them, give them some notoriety, but also put the message out to our community and our future graduates of all the great programs they can look at after high school,” Cloney said.

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