Futures determined: School celebrates seniors in signing ceremony

By Richard Greene | Published Wednesday, May 15, 2019
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Making future plans

MAKING FUTURE PLANS – Boyd seniors took part in a signing ceremony Monday in the Boyd High School gym. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

On June 17, Boyd senior Boone Eustace will ship off to San Diego for basic training to become a U.S. Marine.

“It’s about a month away. I’m ready to go. I’ve been waiting a while,” Eustace said.

Eustace will be one of the first Boyd seniors to get started on their future plans after graduation next week. Monday, he joined several dozen of his classmates who are headed to college, technical and trade schools and the military in the Boyd High School gym for the school’s first senior signing ceremony.

Every senior who had settled on their future plans participated in the event in front of the rest of the student body and parents. Banners from the various schools and military branches decorated tables where the seniors sat. Parents also decorated each space with balloons and pictures.

“So many of our seniors are going to college, the military, technical schools or getting career training,” Principal Susan Foster said. “Anything they are doing to move forward with their future, we wanted to recognize.”

Foster said the day was not only to celebrate the seniors, but also to provide inspiration to underclassmen.

“We’re honoring our seniors and their hard work,” Foster said. “But it’s also about the underclassmen from grades 8 to 11 and for them to see how important academics are. They are starting to design their futures, and this shows them what it takes to get to this point.”

Moving ahead

MOVING AHEAD – Landyn Orr and Sam Halsey receive congratulations from classmates at the Boyd senior signing ceremony Monday. Messenger photo by Richard Greene

The destinations of the seniors are far ranging. Eustace, Khloe Holden and Carson Lira all could be headed around the world as Marines. Some other seniors like Western Colorado signees Connor Richardson and Jordyn Todd are headed out of state. Several will be staying in the county to go to Weatherford College or head to Denton to the University of North Texas like Blake Rodgers and Mandy Crooks.

“Today was about celebrating the accomplishments to get to this point and through high school,” said Rodgers, who will study environmental science at UNT. “We all have experience and know what’s next to come.”

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