Sugar-Salem High School students celebrated National College Signing Day on Wednesday, April 26.

National College Signing Day was created in conjunction with the first lady, Michelle Obama’s, “Reach Higher Initiative,” according to whitehouse.gov. The idea behind this celebration is to celebrate students choosing to complete their education after high school.

“If we want to truly lead the world again in terms of young people with a college degree, we should celebrate students going to college the same way we celebrate athletes and celebrities,” Michelle Obama said. “Education should be that important for every single person in this country.”

Sarah Ganoe, a Near Peer Mentor at Sugar-Salem High School, said her entire job at the school is to help students figure out their plans for life after high school.

“We are in schools specifically to help kids figure out what their post-high-school plans are, whether that’s going into the military, whether it’s going to a community college, to a four-year college, a hair school — anything that they are interested in, I am here just to help them figure out the information, how they’re going to pay for it (and) just try to get them on track,” she said.

Ganoe said she was put in charge of celebrating National College Signing Day at the school.

“I decided that the best way to do it would be to have a banner that they can sign that says ‘I’m going to college’ on it, and we’re going to display it loud and proud in the front of the school so that everyone can see,” she said.

Jlynn Ramos, 17, shares her plans to go to Idaho State University and National College Signing Day at Sugar-Salem High School on Tuesday. (Kaitlin McKenna)

Jlynn Ramos, 17, shares her plans to go to Idaho State University and National College Signing Day at Sugar-Salem High School on Tuesday. (Kaitlin McKenna | Scroll Photography)

Ganoe said that over 90 percent of the seniors at Sugar-Salem High School will be attending college after graduation.

“We just want to celebrate all of their hard work this whole year in getting into school,” she said.

Nate Fogle, a senior at Sugar-Salem High School, said he plans to go to school at BYU-Idaho after returning from his mission.

“I love learning, (. . .) and I also just want to go to make a living for myself,” he said. “But if I had all the money in the world, I’d probably keep going back to college I think.”

Fogle said he thinks the counselors at the school have done a lot to build excitement among students about their futures, including having an “application pizza party” during fall 2015 to help students apply to schools they were interested in.

“And the college signing week’s kind of the same thing,” he said. “It’s just to get people excited to go (to college), and I think that it really helps everybody go.”

Hanna Larson, a senior at Sugar-Salem High School, said education has always been important to her family and that she thinks celebrating National College Signing Day helps build excitement in students to continue their education.

“I think it’ll help juniors and other younger underclassman get prepared and excited for college,” she said.

Peytan Crapo, a senior at Sugar-Salem High School, said she is excited to go to college and become a teacher and a mom someday.

“I feel like it will go back and forth so I can be a good teacher and a good mom at the same time by the things that I learn in both places,” she said. “I really love to learn, so I want to teach other kids how to love learning because you’re going to be learning your whole life, so you might as well learn to love it.”