Barnegat High School Holds ‘National Signing Day’

May 09, 2018
Courtesy of: Barnegat High School

When prominent high school student athletes announce their intentions of attending a college or university, they are feted with a signing day ceremony, complete with photo ops with coaches and family members. But on May 1 at Barnegat High School, there was a special signing day, recognizing all the students who are furthering their education following graduation.

It was part of then-First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher Initiative” to promote college going and completion. In 2015, she declared May 1 as national “College Signing Day,” a day to celebrate students who plan to pursue some form of education and training beyond high school and inspire them to take the steps necessary to achieve their dreams.

“Most students going to college don’t wait until May 1 to make their intentions known, but that is the historic deadline for responding to an admissions offer,” said Principal Stephen Nichol. “By making May 1 a special day, educators and others hope to encourage high school juniors (and those much younger) to start thinking about college and planning to apply. As a school and a community, we are so proud to recognize and honor so many of our high school students for the prestigious places of higher learning that they will be attending in the fall of 2018.”

Among various activities, approximately 95 seniors gathered in the auditorium to be recognized and to celebrate the end of their high school experience and the beginning of their college or military experience with their peers, mentors, teachers, counselors and administrators.

When asked about teachers who have inspired seniors or impacted their life, here are some samples:

Cassi Hynes: “Mrs. (Erin) Koovitz showed me my true potential and taught me to work hard.”

Kelly Kantenwein: “Mrs. (Jennifer) Tedora pushed me to become the best that I could be.”

Katherine Rydarowski: “Mr. (Kurt) Stofko, he helped me a lot and taught me to never give up.”

Anthony Forte: “Mr. (Joseph) Doviak has known me since freshman year and has helped me learn and grow.”

Chris Mayo: “Mr. (Eric) Geddes impacted me as a student in more ways than one.”

Antonio Bevacqui: “Mrs. (Karla) Jennings showed me how to improve my art and find art appreciation everywhere.”

“We’re hoping this day can be an annual event,” said Nichol. “It gives students a time to celebrate this personal achievement.”  

— Eric Englund

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