On Friday, April 29 Valhalla celebrated its first annual College Signing Day, with 95 members of the class of 2016 signing letters of intent.
This new event is part of Michelle Obama’s “Reach Higher” initiative which supports and inspires adolescents to strive to reach their dreams. The event developed from athletes who sign a binding letter of intent to a college pledging to play their respective sport at that institute. Michelle Obama decided to expand it to include all students, who plan to attend a four year institution.
College signing day congratulates and honors the achievements of the seniors who have committed to their new alma mater at a four year college/university. The purpose of this new event is to get students excited about the college process and committed to a college/university.
All honor roll students, people with a GPA of 3.5 or above, were invited to the gym to watch and support the class of 2016 as they signed their letters of intent. The assembly began with special messages from various celebrities congratulating the seniors on their commitment. This was followed by inspiring speeches by principal, Mary Beth Kastan, and special key note speaker, Dr. Erin Richison, Director of English Learner Programs at the San Diego County Office of Education.
Thomas Pew, counselor, then took the stage and introduced each student, having the student announce their new alma mater and sign their pledge. The underclassman excited for their peers, broke into applause. Students are going to various institutions including, but not limited to: San Diego State University, Point Loma Nazarene, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, University of California Riverside, University of California San Francisco, Cornell University, and Yale.
This event kicks off a new tradition for the Norsemen that sends the seniors off in a fun and inspiring way, an event the underclassman can look forward to.