Ceremony honors students seeking further educational opportunities

Mingo County Central High School seniors receive certificates honoring their commitment  to further academic pursuits during a ceremony at the school Wednesday afternoon.

Mingo County Central High School honored more than 100 members of its senior class Wednesday during the College Decision Day ceremony.

The program highlights the choice of students who have decided to pursue post secondary academic opportunities in an event similar to the National Signing Day for athletics.

Christine Harmon, MCCHS counselor, said 117 students had committed to seek a variety of trade certifications, two-year or four-year degrees. She said the decisions the students have made include 26 traditional colleges or universities, online colleges, trade schools or military service.

Elizabeth Manual of the West Virginia Gear Up program and Dr. Robert Gunter, president of Southern West Virginia Community and Technical College, spoke to the students about the importance of their educational decisions.

“The the most exciting day of the year for our office is when we get to celebrate your hard work,” Manual said. “You have made the right decision. Graduating college will open a world of opportunities you never thought possible. your opportunities are boundless.”

Gunter echoed her statements and told the students to explore every option and they would find a career path that would be unique for each of them.

“Find something that you are passionate about and move forward. Proceed with 100 percent of your vigor,” he said. “Don’t let anyone tell you that you cannot do something.”

He also expressed his appreciation to the more than 30 students who have chosen to attend Southern next year.

“Southern is your hometown college,” he said. “You can start here and go anywhere.”

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