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Seniors make college decisions

Posted on Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at 3:05 pm

Northumberland High School’s senior class poses for a picture in their Decision Day attire.

Northumberland High School’s senior class poses for a picture in their Decision Day attire.

This past Friday was an exciting day for all Northumberland High School Seniors. Decision Day, a day that high school seniors look forward to because it is the day they announce where they have chosen to attend college.  This year’s decision day at NHS was an unique celebration for its’ graduating senior class thanks to Nia Wilson, who works for Virginia College Advising Corporation, and the Northumberland Guidance department.  They planned a wonderful morning celebration that consisted of a large buffet style breakfast, raffle prizes, and free t-shirts for all the seniors. The seniors were excited to spending some time together as the class of 2016 as they sat together and enjoyed large fluffy pancakes, juicy fruit, and a variety of drinks.

Nia Wilson has visited Northumberland High School on a weekly basis to assist students with their college application process.  For each school that she visits, she is given a budget to use throughout the school year to encourage all seniors to work toward finding their perfect fit college. This budget allowed the event organizers to collect several high dollar prizes and gifts for the graduating class to have a chance to win in raffles.

The winners from the event include Halynne Cox and Kenneth Dawson, who are now proud owners of Kindle Fire tablets. Kyle Hanks won a brand new Keurig Coffee Maker to take to college next year. A nice microwave went home in the hands of Jessica Thomas and Tyler Noel received a set of cooking utensils. Jordan Plante had the winning ticket to a nice college utilities pack and Allison Burgess won a $25 VISA gift card. The big prize of the celebration was a fitbit, which has become a growing trend in recent months. Macy Swift claimed the newest piece of technology in the fitness world.

Nia Wilson used the budget provided by the Virginia College Advising Corporation to purchase the items and the free t-shirts that were given to the senior at the beginning of the event. The t-shirts had “Decision Day” written across the front and a blank line on the back for the students to write where they are headed after journey through high school comes to an end a short 38 days from now. All the seniors took a group photo where they either wore a college t-shirt from their college choice or wore one of the t-shirt given for decision day with their choice written on it.

The 2016 Northumberland High School Senior Class has already committed to over 20 colleges and universities not only in Virginia but also up and down the eastern half of the United States. NHS is also honored to have graduating seniors who intend to enroll in the military after graduation. The class of 2016 will be graduating at 10 a.m. on June the 11.