Normal West Students Show Pride on Signing Day

Published 05/01 2014 06:24PM

Updated 05/01 2014 06:36PM

NORMAL - The end of the school year can be an emotional time for high school seniors.

"I'm getting a little teary-eyed, but I don't want to,” said Kyrin Tucker.

At Normal West High School, graduation is less than a month away, and on Thursday, its students officially revealed their next destination with Senior Signing Day.

"Pretty interesting to see where people are going and see how far people are going away and what they're doing,” said Kyle Gibson, who committed to the U.S. Air Force.

Each page represents a school where students have committed.

The school has been tallying these since 2010, and it's a fun way for students to see what former classmates they could be joining.

"It's neat to look down the list and see people I know who graduated last year and see where they went,” said Emma Klingler, who signed with the University of Minnesota.

"This year, we had to add 20, 25 new pages of kids going to school,” said guidance counselor Brooke Bollman.

Some students are feeling relieved.

"A month ago, it was like, yeah, I'm going to St. Ambrose, I'm excited. But I was still focused on high school, getting the grades up for the GPA,” said Reid Henry.

Others are still anxious.

"The only person that I'm going to be familiar with in Mississippi is my sister. So, that's nerve-racking,” said Shelby Walker, a Jackson State University signee.

But for all, it's a time to start fresh.

"I almost feel like it's a family still,” said Madeline Herrman, one of many Illinois State University signees. “We're kind of all moving together. We still get to stay together, but then I look at all the other sheets. We're all moving on to do great things, but like we say here at West, 'Once a Wildcat, always a Wildcat."

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