MMSD seniors announce college plans at ceremony

Madison, Wis. – Dozens of students from all four Madison high schools participated in College Decision Day at Madison College’s Truax Campus Wednesday night.

The event is an annual tradition for seniors participating in college readiness programs, Advancement Via Individual Determination and Teens of Promise. At the ceremony students get the chance to announce their plans to attend college before an audience of their family, teachers, and peers.

Through a Boys and Girls Club and Madison Metropolitan School District partnership, first generation, low income, and students of color get help with scholarship applications, tutors, internships and other support services.

“They do so many check-ins with you that it’s almost hard to not get into college,” said AVID scholar and Senior at Madison East Samuel FiiFi Cann. “We’re all going our  separate ways but you know it’s exciting just to be together this one last time to celebrate each other.”

MMSD’s Director of College and Career Readiness Langston Evans said of the programs’ participants about 80 percent will become first generation college students. 

 “It’s a day where they kick down the doors and the barriers that have been in front of them and they announce to the world they’re prepared to be successful,” Evans said “It’s one thing to know what you want to do, it’s another thing to proclaim it.”

Program leaders said 100 percent of AVID/TOPS participants are headed to colleges across the country.

Since beginning in 2007 the AVID/TOPS program has grown to serve more than one thousand students annually.