Chester High School celebrated the 50 seniors who have committed to continuing their education on April 24, at the "Reach Higher" College Signing Day.
"A lot of media attention is focused on promising athletes when they select the college of their choice, and that is well-deserved," said Adam Guebert, CHS guidance counselor. "Here at CHS, we want every student to receive just as much attention and have the same feeling of importance so they too can feel special about one of the biggest decisions they will ever have to make."
College Signing Day has been an annual event at CHS for several years. This year Guebert went further. recognizing each CHS senior for the choice he or her has made, be it the armed forces, workforce, or postsecondary education at a university, college or trade school.
CHS Principal Missy Meyer said CHS has many reasons to celebrate.
"Whether we want to discuss academics, music, sports, or theater, Chester High School has always found a way to shine," she said. "The Class of 2019 is a perfect example of this as our students have worked hard over the past four years through changes and challenges, both positive and some negative. They have always managed to follow and achieve whatever dreams they have for themselves."
The CHS Class of 2019 has seven students entering the workforce upon graduation and five will go to trade or technical school. The remaining 38 seniors will go to either a two-year or four-year college.
To end the event Meyer read a poem:
Behind you are all of your memories
Before you are all of your dreams
Around you are all who love you
And within you is all you need.
Students entering the workforce
Seth Adams: McDonald's
Mason Carnahan: West Star Aviation
Jacob Crabtree: Joe's Pizza
Anthony Glaser: Car Dealership (SKILLS Leadership Participant, 17th place)
Sylvester Morse: Undecided
Makayla Murray: Department of Corrections
Jadi Richards: Continuing in her current position
Trade or technical school
Kaylee James: Beck School of Practical Nursing
Dayton James: Ranken HVAC Program
Devin Straight: Ranken Welding Program
Tristin Hobeck: Southeast Lineman Training Center
Nicholas Meyer: Southeast Lineman Training Center
Southwestern Illinois College
Haley Asbury: Psychology
Abbey Bauer: Nursing
Kristin Breeden: Childcare
Kathryn Dickneite: Education
Trisha Donachy: Photography
Brooke Frazer: Music
Vanessa Inman: Baking & Pastry
Cailyn Lawson: Zoology
Logan Mitchell: Law Enforcement
Kambri Moffitt: Nursing
Hunter Munie: Welding Technology
Jessica Penford: Undecided
Shea Petrowske: Speech-Language Pathology
Cody Wahl: Law Enforcement
Breanna Walker: Business
Jacob Cushman: Electrical Engineering
Emma Draves: Civil Engineering
Kamryn Wingerter: Mortuary Science
Eric Cowell: Criminal Justice
Kaleb Hughes: Pre-Med
Sylena Martin: Speech Pathology
Jacob O'Riley: Computer Science
Southeast Missouri University (SEMO)
Cara Childs: Communications Disorders
Stevie Gilbert: Medical Laboratory Science
Owen Korando: Mass Communications
Lauren Leathers: Nursing
Chloe Shook: Animal Science/Zoology
Colin Wingerter: Physical Therapy
Chase Colvis: Undecided at McKendree University
Caitlin Elsea: Health Information Management at Missouri Western State University
Caitlin Roberts: Criminal Justice at Missouri Western State University
Allexiyah Price: Vet Assistant at Rend Lake College
Keith Kiner III: Business Management at Kaskaskia College
Carlee Weir: Communication Disorders at Murray State University
Elizabeth Soellner: Biological Science at University of Georgia
Lauren Welge: Psychology at University of Mississippi (Ole Miss)
Drake Bollman: Criminal Justice at John A. Logan College
Jacob Wingerter: Marketing at University of Illinois (U of I).