Senior Signing Day is the culmination of an emotional and inspirational journey for LEAD seniors as they reveal their next step to family and friends.
LEAD Academy seniors, and the first graduating class of LEAD Southeast High School, publicly declared their college choices to their fellow students, alumni, teachers, family members, and supporters from across the Nashville community in a virtual ceremony on YouTube Live Thursday morning.
Senior Signing Day spotlights all seniors, not just athletes, many of whom have overcome great obstacles and are first-generation college attendees, by celebrating their hard work over the last four years to be ready for college and ready for life. Each student participated in an intensive college seminar to determine the college, university, or career pathway that is the best fit for them. At LEAD, it’s tradition to keep your final college or career choice a secret until Senior Signing Day each year.
This year, hundreds of people watched the ceremony Live on YouTube as seniors and teachers reflected on the Class of 2021’s high school journey and students announced their next step in life.
“Senior Signing Day is one of the best days of the year for LEAD Public Schools because our entire network comes together to celebrate the hard work of our seniors as well as the teachers and support staff who helped them get to college,” said LEAD Public Schools CEO Dwayne Tucker. “While COVID-19 prevented us from gathering together, the community showed their outpouring of support for the Class of 2021 in an impressive way online.”
LEAD Class of 2021 seniors submitted more than 1,000 college applications, averaging seven applications per student, and earned more than $4.2 million in scholarships.