MANISTEE — Everywhere you looked in the Manistee High School auditorium on Wednesday morning a student was wearing a T-shirt, sweatshirt or jacket bearing the name of a college or university or military organization.
College and career adviser Sierra Dyer addresses Manistee High School students about Decision Day on Wednesday. Decision Day is when members of the senior class reveal their plans for next year.
All those institutions were being spotlighted because it was “Decision Day” at Manistee High School. That is the day when graduating seniors tell everyone about their future plans after they graduate.
The program is hosted by Launch Manistee, and program director Mary Ann Behm said it is one of the happiest days of the year for those students.
“This is the third year that all six area high schools are participating in Decision Day activities in Manistee County and the collaboration and spirit continue to grow,” said Behm. “This month, over 300 high schools in Michigan are participating in Decision Day. Decision Day is a day of celebration— we are collectively celebrating our Manistee County seniors who have made the decision to take charge of their future by continuing their education whether at a community college, a four-year college or university, a training program, the military, or have plans to enter the workforce.”
In Manistee County seniors at Manistee High, Onekama, Brethren, Bear Lake, Manistee Catholic and CASMAN Academy have marked the occasion a similar manner this week or next week.
Sierra Dyer, college and career adviser who works with both Manistee High and Brethren high schools, said the program has two purposes. One is to honor these students for taking the next step in their lives and the second one is to bring in the underclassmen to get them thinking about what they want to do in the upcoming years.
“All these seniors are being honored for all there hard work on the decisions they made for their plans for next year,” said Dyer. “A lot of them are going on to college or universities and some of them are going to the workforce and others are going to the military. All of those are really great options, and we want to celebrate every one of them.”
Dyer said at Manistee High School they took all the student to the auditorium for the first part of the event.
“A portion of the event will take them up on stage and then recognize them in front of the sophomores and juniors for what they plan on doing next year,” said Dyer. “There will be some prizes and T-shirts and things the seniors will toss out into the crowd for the younger students to get them excited about today as well.”
She said after that they were drawings for the seniors with one lucky senior getting a mini-refrigerator.
“We will wrap everything up today with a special lunch for the kids,” said Dyer.
Dyer said she enjoyed watching the reaction of the younger students.
“Hopefully, today will get the younger students thinking about many different schools they may not know about already and expose them to different things,” she said. “It’s really to get them excited about it and it’s not an ending today, but a new beginning for all of them. I couldn’t be happier for all of them.”
Manistee High School principal Andy Huber said it’s an enjoyable day of celebration for everyone.
“We want to recognize those who have some concrete plans in place for what their next step in life will be,” said Huber. “It could be college, local college, military, training for jobs or whatever it may be we just want to recognize all of them and their next step in becoming citizens.”
Today, students at Brethren High School will be holding their Decision Day activities to honor their graduates and future plans.