Battle High School College Signing Day

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COLUMBIA – Battle High School held its first college signing day assembly celebrating graduating seniors moving on to college in the fall. The entire student body, parents, and faculty were all in attendance in the school’s gymnasium where the college signing took place.

More than 280 of the 321-person graduating class took their seats at tables in front of the audience with letters of intent ready to sign in front of them.

“Beforehand [the graduating seniors] were really excited about doing this and the kids who hadn’t really decided what they were going to do, were wanting to decide today,” Dr. Kim Presko, principal of Battle High School, said.

The ceremony had speakers before the official signing, including Dr. Presko, and then the signing began. The students were seated by school of choice with the majority choosing Mizzou.

Presko said this was the first annual college/military signing day for any Columbia High School, although she expects her colleagues at other schools to follow suit.

“A lot of times we do it for our athletes and we thought, 'why don’t we do this for all of our seniors,' because this is a big step for them in their journey in education and toward their careers,” Presko said.

The day’s events extended beyond the official signings in the morning. Some graduating seniors are going to local elementary schools to help inspire young students how rewarding graduating and moving on to college can be.

“I have already had principals that feed into our school that said, 'Hey can you come to our school?'” Presko said.

Presko added it was important to prioritize and celebrate secondary education to young students and hopes this can be a tradition that continues for many years.