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San Jacinto Unified holds senior signing day event


Last updated 5/9/2018 at 10:57pm


Michael Luna, SJHS Alum and current SJUSD teacher shared his education journey that lead him back to San Jacinto to become a teacher.

SAN JACINTO – High school seniors from San Jacinto Unified publicly committed to their college, trade school or the military at the district's College Signing Day event Tuesday, May 1, at the San Jacinto High School Gymnasium.

National College Signing Day is an opportunity for community and school leaders to celebrate and support high school seniors who are planning to attend college, trade school or the military after they graduate. The local event was designed to celebrate seniors from San Jacinto High and Mountain View High, and their commitment to complete their education beyond high school.

Inspired by our nation's National College Athletic Association National Signing Day, College Signing Day is designed to coincide with the time frame that most seniors must inform a college of their plans to enroll. College Signing Day is designed to reinforce that excellence in the classroom should be given as much pomp and circumstance as excellence as an athlete. NCAA's National Signing Day is when high school seniors sign a letter of intent to play sports at a specific college. Traditionally, players participate in press conferences to announce their intentions. The goal is to mimic this excitement for ALL students pursing post-secondary education. College Signing Day is part of the national Reach Higher initiative, which encourages all seniors to pursue their education after high school.

The SJUSD event featured guest speaker Michael Luna, San Jacinto High alumni, U.S. Army Reservist, and teacher at SJUSD's San Jacinto Leadership Academy magnet middle school. Luna began his college endeavors at Mt. San Jacinto College, then California State San Bernardino, Azusa Pacific University, and is currently attending California Baptist University to earn an administrative credential.

Representatives from local colleges, including Mt. San Jacinto College, California State University San Marcos and University of California, Riverside, attended to celebrate SJUSD seniors. Parents were invited to attend and stand next to their seniors as they participated in a signing ceremony and placed a medallion signifying their commitment to post-secondary education over their heads.

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Senior Nadia Talamantez shared her college commitment with parents, their second SJHS graduate to attend University of California San Diego.


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