First Decision Day honors 99 CCHS seniors

Posted May 17, 2017 at 9:29 am



Clinton County High School’s largest ever senior class will send some 130 graduates across the stage this Friday night during the 100th Commencement program for the school and already a big percentage of those seniors know what their next move involves.

Last week, a special recognition ceremony was held for a remarkably high number of those students who have committed in one way or another to higher education or career choices.

Hannah Campbell Albertson, in her first year as Clinton County’s new Kentucky Career Coach, coordinated the first Decision Day at C.C.H.S. to recognize 99 members of this Class of 2017 who have committed to colleges, chosen an area of the military, or received national certifications in their classes at the Clinton County Area Technology Center (ATC).

Albertson, whose duties as Career Coach are based through the Area Technology Center, was assisted in putting together this year’s premier event by ATC Principal Stesha Flowers.

Albertson emceed the program at the high school last week, introducing each of the 99 seniors in groups related to the student’s choice of future study and work.

In a press release to the Clinton County News after last week’s program, Albertson praised the students who have made these commitments, and also heaped praise on the support she received from the Albany and Clinton County community during her first year as Career Coach.

“There was so much support from our community and I am very thankful for that. I want our community to encourage these students to be proud of their accomplishments thusfar and be enthusiastic about the exciting journeys they are about to begin,” Albertson said.

Nine colleges were represented along with four national certifications. Those colleges included: Campbellsville University, Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (Livingston, TN), Murray State, Somerset Community College, Tennessee Technological University, University of Kentucky and Western Kentucky University. Respective certifications included: Microsoft Office Specialist, Automotive Service Excellence, American Welding Society and the National Center for Construction Education and Research.

Albertson noted that faculty and staff showed their support to the students during the entire day of last week’s recognition program by wearing shirts from their own alma mater institutions.

Students were also rewarded with a pizza party at the close of the program, provided by Majors Pizza. Participating student Reed Sloan was the winner of a GooglePlay gift card as well.

In addition to a host of faculty and staff members from the local school district who were on hand to show their support to these 99 students, several representatives of the institutions and fields of study were on hand for last Tuesday’s program as well, including: Ashton Chaffins, Eastern Kentucky University Admissions Counselor; McKenzie Martin, Lindsey Wilson College Admissions Counselor; Tyler Rife, Western Kentucky University Counselor; Holly Claborn, Business from ATC; Jesse Burchett, Welding from ATC, Matt McWhorter, Automotive from ATC; Jerry Bell, Industrial Maintenance from ATC.

Clinton County Career Coach Hannah Campbell Albertson is shown in the photo above as she introduced each of the 99 seniors from the CCHS Class of 2017, who have made choices about their future by either selecting a college to attend or chosen an area of the military, or received national certifications in their classes at the Clinton County Area Technology Center (ATC).

At left, the students also assembled with their respective representatives from each institution during last Tuesday’s Decision Day celebration. Many CCHS and ATC staff members showed their support for the first year program by wearing shirts from their own alma maters.