It was a three-cake day. On Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Allendale High School staff, students, and seniors celebrated plans for the future on Decision Day. Across the country, early May means decision time as high school seniors commit to colleges, the military, travel or mission plans—or take steps to enter the workforce. At the high school, seniors were greeted on Tuesday morning by staff wearing their college colors or a shirt that reflected their workforce choices.
- Military: Four students
- Gap year (mission work, travel, etc.): Eight seniors
- Work full-time: 14 seniors
- Two year community college (in state): 40 seniors
- Two year community college (out of state): Two seniors
- Four year public university (in state): 35 seniors
- Four year public university (out of state): One senior
- Four year private (in state): 19 seniors
- Four year private (out of state): Five seniors
- Vocational school: Seven seniors
For those who completed a Senior Survey and Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), drawings were held for gift cards to Bed Bath & Beyond, Barnes and Noble, Starbucks, Meijer, and more. Other giveaways included collegiate t-shirts, a College Care basket, a $250 Amazon gift card, and a mini-refrigerator.
During the lunch hour, seniors and staff celebrated at the cake reception. The day wound down as Principal Dan Remenap held an all-senior meeting to highlight the schedule as Graduation, on May 26, 2016, draws near.
It was a great day for looking back, and especially for looking forward. Secretary to the High School Principal and Guidance Department, Ms. Kristin DeGroot noted, “We had almost everyone participate.” And, at the end of the day—there was no cake left. Congratulations seniors!