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PRESS RELEASE: Live Oak and Sobrato High School Host College Signing Days


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Live Oak and Sobrato High School held inaugural College Signing Days this week. College Signing Day celebrates high school seniors choosing to pursue higher education at a professional training program, a community college, a four-year college or university, or the military. Organized and led by students and counselors, hundreds of high school seniors participated in the celebrations held at the high schools.

Ariana Soto-Varajas, a Live Oak senior who will be attending Gavilan in the fall to begin studies to become a registered nurse, is one of a number of students who helped organize the day for Live Oak. “We have all worked so hard during high school so it’s important that everyone is recognized for what they will doing after high school,” said Soto-Varajas about the event. “What you do after high school, whether college, military or a trade school, is a big decision and everyone’s choice should be celebrated.” As students stepped stage to the applause of their peers, destinations such as UC Davis, UCLA, Arizona State, the Army, Chico State, Gavilan College and a variety of other destinations were announced to loud cheers

At Sobrato, students also gathered by the dozens to fill out “where I’m going slips” and walk underneath the balloon arch to the sound of their name and destination being called. “We want to promote a college-going campus and celebrate our amazing graduates,” said Sobrato counselor Kim Witthaus. “We have students going to Cooper Union in New York, West Point, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Oregon, all over. It’s wonderful, and we can’t be more proud of the hard work they’ve all put in.”

More than 2,000 College Signing Day events were planned in nearly every state across the country by communities, students, and organizations committed to helping students to pursue higher education. Started by former First Lady, Michelle Obama during her time at the White House, Reach Higher – the umbrella organization that oversees College Signing Day – has a mission is to inspire every student in the U.S. to take charge of their future by completing their education past high school, whether at a professional training program, a community college, or a four-year college or university.  

“We are grateful to our students and counselors for organizing these events,” said Superintendent Betando after the Live Oak celebration. “Our campuses are full of bright, hard-working students who are going to go on to be exceptional adults. I would be remiss not to thank our teachers, administrators, and parents who work tirelessly to guide these young adults down the path to success.”