At Westlake High School in Waldorf, celebrating the success of all students is a top priority. From student-centered and colorful displays in the hallways to special clubs and events scheduled during Wolverine Time, the school’s one-hour lunch, the talents and accomplishments of students are fostered and supported by a positive school climate.
The Westlake Class of 2016 got to celebrate their accomplishments even further by taking part in the Wolverine Signing Day held May 18 at the school. More than 70 Westlake seniors took part in Signing Day, which celebrated the post-secondary plans of participating students. These students came together to celebrate their future and to support one another as they prepare to graduate.
“This is the school’s first year doing this and it was a great idea. The recognition and this event makes us all feel special in a way,” said Iyanna Edmondson, a Westlake senior planning to study business management in the fall at North Carolina A&T State University. “This was fun, but I do look forward to being done with high school,” she added.
Students were called to the auditorium stage one by one and signed a commitment sheet to recognize their future plans. Each was cheered on by their peers, as well as senior class vice principal Patricia Cuffee-Neville and class counselor Virgil Barrow. After they signed their commitment sheet, each student greeted Principal Chrystal Benson on stage and had their photo taken to commemorate the occasion.
Benson told her senior class that not only did the commitment sheet honor their future plans, but it was a reminder of her expectation that each senior remembers the lifelong commitment to themselves they learned at Westlake, and the five P’s – prompt, polite, positive, prepared and productive.
“Today is about celebrating you. It is a celebration – please cheer on your classmates and support their post-secondary commitments,” Benson said. Some parents attended the event to cheer on their kids and their peers. Westlake underclassmen and teachers also came to show their support for the Class of 2016.
Senior Deja Baker signed her commitment sheet to celebrate her acceptance at North Carolina A&T State University. She plans to study biomedical engineering and said she has known for several years that the school in North Carolina would be her top choice. “I first took a tour in 2013 and fell in love with the campus. Plus, they have my major there and some of my classmates from here are going there, too,” Baker said.
A total of 73 seniors took part in Wolverine Signing Day. Other Charles County high schools held similar events this week to honor the post-secondary commitments of their graduating seniors. More than 2,130 seniors will graduate in seven high school ceremonies scheduled for June 2-4 at the Convocation Center at North Point High School. Visit http://www.ccboe.com/community/graduation/index.php for more information about high school graduations.
Charles County Public Schools provides 26,300 students in grades prekindergarten through 12 with an academically challenging education. Located in Southern Maryland, Charles County Public Schools has 36 schools that offer a technologically advanced, progressive and high quality education that builds character, equips for leadership and prepares students for life, careers and higher education.
The Charles County public school system does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age or disability in its programs, activities or employment practices. For inquiries, please contact Dr. Patricia Vaira, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 Coordinator (students) or Pamela K. Murphy, Title IX/ADA/Section 504 coordinator (employees/ adults), at Charles County Public Schools, Jesse L. Starkey Administration Building, P.O. Box 2770, La Plata, MD 20646; 301-932-6610/301-870-3814. For special accommodations call 301-934-7230 or TDD 1-800-735-2258 two weeks prior to the event.