NEW PARIS — National Trail Local School District held its first-ever Signing Day/Commitment Day on Tuesday, May 21. During the event, 47 students pledged their official intent to colleges, workforce, and military.
According to NT High School Principal Brian McKnight and Superintendent Bob Fischer, the new event was intended to give students recognition for their hard work.
“We want to show what National Trail High School is producing. Not only are we educating, but we are creating whole awesome adults who are going out and thriving in the community,” McKnight said.
“The biggest piece to recognizing [college, workforce, and military] is that our kids have a decided future that they want to go and we want to make sure that we emphasize how important every aspect is. It is not just about going to college for kids, it is about choosing a path that they believe is going to be the right path for them for wherever they decide to go with life,” Fischer said.
“It is important for all of our students to see what career paths lay out there for them. Obviously, we started small with just our Juniors and Seniors this year, but we want our Juniors to witness what their peers are doing and for them to get excited about what their possible career paths are.”
McKnight added, “It is also important for them to know that it is not just college. They have multiple avenues of showing what they can do.”
As for advice moving forward, Fischer hopes the students will take their experiences from National Trail and use them as a “guiding point” in the future.
“Obviously, our big point is making sure they have the skills — the reading and writing skills — but it is also about the lessons that they’ve learned through their teachers and administrators,” he said. “We hope that they take those and always think about every decision they make and where they learned those skills from.”
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