Canby High celebrates seniors' futures
Maybe it was the free froyo or the 90s jams blaring from the speakers. Whatever the draw, Canby High School seniors crowded the senior hallway at lunchtime on Thursday, May 2 to celebrate their post-secondary plans.
Staff members from the school's College and Career Center, Sue Winner, Laurie Bailey and Leticia Gonzalez, are the brains behind this first-ever College Decision Day.
"We want to celebrate all the seniors, whatever their path may be—whether it's the trades, the military, the workforce, community college, university," Winner said. "We want to celebrate them all because they each have a transition path after high school. So, we're just here to celebrate them."
The party-like event boasted Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, a photo booth, swag from several colleges, a wisdom wall, thank-you table, mark-your-college map and music.
"I think it's sick. It's exciting," said senior Tyler Newkirk, who will be attending George Fox University in the fall. "It's hyping everybody up about college."
Newkirk said up to that point, the idea of going to college didn't feel real. But the event seemed to help that along.
"I'm getting excited," Newkirk said. "I love high school, I've liked going here, I've had a really good experience; but I'm really excited to go to college. I'm pumped."
The celebration also served as a demonstration for onlooking underclassmen to encourage them begin thinking about their own plans.
"This is what you have to look forward to," Winner said, addressing the younger students. "So keep up the good work."
Newkirk said he felt supported by those who took the time to put on the event for the students. Decision Day was made possible thanks to the career center team and their fellow staff members, the Clackamas Promise Grant and colleges that donated giveaways.