HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Dozens of Hattiesburg High School’s graduating seniors who are getting college scholarships were honored in a first-ever ceremony Friday.
An inaugural “College Sign In” was held at the school’s gymnasium.
About 60 students ceremonially signed scholarships to the college or university of their choice.
College recruiters and parents were there to congratulate them.
“I’m pretty excited, it’s a pretty cool thing for Hattiesburg High to do this,” said Quinn Sellers, a senior who will be attending Mississippi State University.
Organizers said it was important to honor students who’ve worked hard in the classroom.
“Athletics is important, it’s a great part of the high school experience, but academics is really what drives their next steps, because they have to focus on their academics for their next steps,” said Treenecia Garraway, lead academic counselor for Hattiesburg High School.
“When we have an opportunity to celebrate kids who have full scholarships or scholarships of any amount to any accredited university, I think that’s something we need to encourage and support,” said Kelly Li, a senior who’ll be going to the University of Mississippi.
“It’s amazing to see all the people who are graduating and who have scholarships and all the schools, the variety of schools that everybody is going to,” said Taytum Terrell. She’s a senior who’ll be attending Troy University.
Graduation for Hattiesburg High will be held May 24 at the University of Southern Mississippi.