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Oregon Decision Day aims to recognize high school seniors for their post-secondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare

Held annually to coincide with the date that many seniors inform a college of their plans to enroll, Oregon Decision Day aims to recognize high school seniors for their post-secondary plans and encourage younger students and families to prepare early for post-secondary education.

PHOTO COURTESY: MICHAEL CLARK - Pictured from left to right: Logan Blunt, Madisyn Montgomery and Grace Didway.Oregon City High School's Senior Decision Day was held on Wednesday, May 2. School staff, students, community members, and volunteers recognized and celebrated each senior who plans to pursue some form of post-secondary education, including certificate programs, workforce training and apprenticeship programs, two-year degree programs, four-year degree programs and military service.

"Our goal is for every senior at Oregon City High School to feel celebrated and feel important for what they decide to do after high school," said Melissa Corwin, an OCHS counselor.

Corwin and fellow school counselor Brooke Zalewski, along with OCHS ASPIRE Coordinator Erica Frafjord, work together on this event each year.

"I enjoyed Decision Day because I got to celebrate with my peers who I don't usually get to see during lunch and hear about the exciting plans they have for this fall. I especially enjoyed the visual our counselors created for the locations of where everybody's going," said OCHS Associated Student Body President Madisyn Montgomery.

During the event, students completed graduation surveys. Members of the Oregon City Chamber of Commerce, Clackamas Community College, several universities and OCHS ASPIRE volunteers helped make the day a success by assisting students at each of the stations during the event.

"This year's celebration was the most exciting yet," Frafjord said. "A special shout-out to Kona Ice who graciously donated a free snow cone to every senior. We are also thankful for our strong partnership with Clackamas Community College which continues to provide students with multiple options for post-secondary education."

If you are interested in mentoring high school students, Oregon City High School has many opportunities for you to be involved. Contact the school to get connected. To learn more about College Decision Day visit OregonGoesToCollege.org

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