Many 2013 college seniors have already experienced graduation and now it's time for high school seniors to have their moment.
Thursday was a day for seniors to relax and have a picnic knowing they made it to graduation.
“It's a proud almost like parent moment for me. It’s just rewarding to see this district has come so far to offer so many things for our kids,” says Niles High School Principal Robin Hadrick.
Graduation didn't come without work. Hard work from the students and hard work from the staff, focusing even more on the importance of college.
“We have college sign up fairs now where we opened up our computer labs; we had counselors in here from different universities helping kids apply to colleges online. This was a new resource we provided to the students free of charge,” says Hadrick, “outside of that they've also applied to numerous scholarships we just gave away over $100,000 in local scholarships from our community that supports this school.
This new method seems to be working. Of the 215 graduating seniors, two have already graduated with an associate’s degree, 190 have been accepted into a college or university, 13 are going to trade schools, and seven are joining the military.
That means all but a handful know exactly what they are doing after graduation.
While test scores and scholarships show how bright these students are, one advisor says they are something many other classes aren't, they're close.
“They had a first day t-shirt that they made, they had a homecoming t-shirt that they made, and they had a last day t-shirt that they made, and that to me says I want other people to know that I am a part of this group and I think that really speaks a lot about them,” says senior advisor Carrie Rinehart.
Graduation is Thursday at 7 p.m. in the football stadium.
If it rains it will be held inside.