WINNSBORO — The Fairfield Career Center held its first signing day recently to honor graduating seniors and give them time to affirm their choices for post-secondary education, whether those opportunities are at technical school, in the military, in the work force, or in college.
The forms signed were a covenant agreement between each student and the district he or she was leaving that the particular student would show Griffin pride and strive for excellence in future endeavors.
Sandra Pearson encouraged students in attendance May 16 to work hard toward achieving WorkKeys Certification, noting that Governor Haley is pushing for South Carolina to become a WorkKeys state.
Students Jamacia Bell, Destiny Cunningham and Sierra Robinson and Shaq Owens all received scholarships for books. The idea for “Commitment Day 2013” came from Career Center Principal Chris Dinkins.
“This is something I started a few years ago with my church in Simpsonville with kind of the same focus. We wanted our younger students to see we have as much focus on academics as athletics,” Dinkins said. “What about the kids that earn (academic) scholarships and go off to college? Let’s celebrate them.”
Keynote speaker Courtney Brianna Pittman, a FCHS graduate attending the College of Charleston shared the keys to her success with the seniors. She mentioned the nervousness they may feel about being on their own but she used her story of how she went into the upward bound exercise science program through MUSC to inspire the youth to dream dreams and pursue excellence.
She touched on the social demands and the personal growth she experienced in college and assured them that as Griffins they have received a solid foundation to move forward into the future no matter what life holds for them.
Dinkins said this event will become an annual event to continue to emphasize a commitment to academic success among Fairfield County students.