Oyster Bay High School was full of spirit and excitement as seniors and staff celebrated “Declaration Day” to mark the college commitment deadline of May 1.
The Class of 2021 wore their college sweatshirts and T-shirts, participated in a decision day raffle drawing, and enjoyed some special snacks before proudly taking a class photo in front of the high school to commemorate the event. The day was a culmination of their hard work and commitment throughout their high school careers, which sparked curiosity and conversations about college planning among the entire student body.
"This is our way of congratulating our seniors on their college choices and getting all of our high school students involved in promoting college and career readiness,” said Ms. Sabrina Meehan, Supervisor of Counseling Services. "After everything our students have been through these past two years, we are so thrilled to bring back some sense of normalcy by recognizing our seniors’ accomplishments and sharing in their excitement for the future.”
Members of the Class of 2021 have been accepted to many prestigious institutions, including, Harvard College, the undergraduate school of Harvard University; Cornell University, University of Virginia, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, New York University and Colgate University, to name a few.
A rising number of students from the Class of 2021, about 10 percent, plan to study engineering at colleges such as Carnegie Melon University, University of Rochester, Northeastern University, Texas Tech and Virginia Tech. Several students will be playing collegiate sports at institutions such as Bucknell University, Duke University, Vassar College, Lafayette College, Fordham University, SUNY Geneseo, Quinnipiac University, Stevenson University, and Georgian Court University. Others will be honing their musical talents at Manhattanville College, Moravian College, and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam. Some soon-to-be graduates will venture to different parts of the country, such as California, Florida, Colorado, Michigan, Texas or Wisconsin, while others will attend schools in New York State, New York City and on Long Island.
About 95 percent of the senior class has applied to college and some have decided to enter a trade school, the military or enter the workforce.