Notes from the Classroom: Monroe High
The week before school let out, Monroe High’s seniors walked out to the sounds of cheering classmates and announced their intentions after graduation. The event, called Decision Day, was set up by Monroe High guidance counselors, along with Carolina Advising Corps.
“We hoped that it would give them the passion to leave Monroe High School and carry on their own legacies,” event organizer Amy Yermack, a Monroe High teacher and administrator, said.
Students took part in a senior cookout, during which the approximately 140 seniors enjoyed a DJ while they signed yearbooks. Afterward, they watched videos featuring some of their memories from their four years at Monroe in the auditorium.
After the video, seniors came into an assembly in the gym, walking in to cheers from Monroe High juniors. Before the guest speakers addressed the crowd, students were entertained by Trinity, a singing group made up of Monroe High students.
The speakers included Superintendent Ed Davis and former Monroe High School graduates. Dwight Miller, a former graduate and now a teaching fellow, told seniors they needed three things to succeed after graduation; opportunities, decision making abilities and passion.
“Everywhere you go, there will be opportunities; opportunities to meet new friends, to see new places, to visit other time zones and other nations,” he said.
Seniors were asked to write their decisions for the future on a slip of paper that they then gave to the counselors. “They’ve all been given a green slip of paper on which they will write down their final decision from where they will go from Monroe High School, whether it be into the Armed Forces, the workforce or a specific college,” Yermack said.
After turning in their written plans, seniors participated in a symbolic bubble ceremony, where blowing bubbles signified their dreams going up into the world.
Yermack said the event will become an annual program to honor seniors and their accomplishments.
Information was provided by Union County Public Schools Communications Dept.