Umatilla Signing Day

Staff photo by E.J. HarrisSeniors sign their letters of intent during a signing day ceremony Tuesday at Umatilla High School.

Students from Umatilla High School got to see what the future can look like when the school held its second annual “signing day,” honoring its graduating students who will pursue higher education.

All of Umatilla’s seniors who will attend college, trade school or the military were celebrated, with each one introducing themselves and telling the school what their plans were for next year.

“I think it’s great,” said Steven Ebker, the student body president and a senior who will be attending Oregon State University,. “I love that the other students, many even freshmen, are really proud of their friends. Especially with somebody being recognized, they know there are people who care about their education.”

The “Signing Day” idea was started by Tia Sepulvuda, the school’s Gear Up coordinator.

Of Umatilla High School’s 74 graduating seniors, 55 have already committed to post-secondary education of some kind, about 74 percent of the graduating class.

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