2017-05-25 / News

Bendle Decision Day commemorates major decisions

BY TANYA TERRY
810-452-2645 • tterry@mihomepaper.com


Numerous Bendle High School students signed with Mott College, who had a representative at Bendle Decision Day. 
Photos provided Numerous Bendle High School students signed with Mott College, who had a representative at Bendle Decision Day. Photos provided BURTON — Bendle High School students participated in Michigan’s second annual Decision Day on May 11 to honor all 12th grade students who plan to further their education, not just the athletes who typically receive attention for doing so.

Eighty-eight percent of the school’s 76 graduating seniors are planning to pursue postsecondary education plans, according to Bendle’s principal, Brandon Chapman.

“This celebration will continue to create a college-going culture within our school, as well as within the community,” Chapman said.

Traditionally, when athletes have declared what college they will sign with, tables have been set up for them at the school.

“So, we had an assembly for the entire school,” said Kristina Breidenstein, counselor at Bendle. “Since we knew where all our students are planning on attending, we called their names, then gave them certificates with the school they are planning on going to.”


A group of Bendle students signed with the University of Michigan-Flint at the high school’s May 11 Decision Day. A group of Bendle students signed with the University of Michigan-Flint at the high school’s May 11 Decision Day. Those who have decided to attend trade school or do apprenticeships were also recognized in this fashion.

“There was a lot of cheering and excitement behind it,” Breidenstein said. “I think the seniors really appreciate the fact we recognized them for having plans to continue their education. Underclassmen rarely get to be involved in the seniors’ graduation. This got them involved and it also got them thinking about what they will do a few years from now.”

More than half of the seniors will be continuing their education right in Genesee County, by attending the University of Michigan-Flint, Mott Community College or Baker College.


Students who announced they will attend Baker College also received certificates for Michigan’s second annual Decision Day. Students who announced they will attend Baker College also received certificates for Michigan’s second annual Decision Day. The event, which was held in the high school auditorium, was open to the community. Chapman announced it at the district’s board meeting.

“We will probably promote it more among parents and others next year,” Breidenstein said. “A representative from the Bendle administration building was there. We did have a representative from Mott at the event. We heard from U of M-Flint. A representative from there said they were sorry they missed it and they would like to make it next year.”

According to multiple reports, 65% of the jobs in the United States through the year 2020 will require at least some postsecondary education. So, the decision to attend a postsecondary institution for higher learning is critical for more students than ever before.

Autumn Wilkins, a senior at Bendle, said Decision Day was a great experience. She signed with the University of Michigan-Flint at the event.

“I feel it should be a community event so the entire community can see what their children, friends or people they’ve grown up with are doing with their futures,” she said.

Like other students, Wilkins was able to see which students would be attending the same college she is and who will be able to continue providing support.

“I think it should be a community event so they can see how successful high school students are,” said Angel Woodruff, another senior who signed with U of M-Flint.

Woodruff said some people’s perception is that high school students aren’t concerned about their futures, but Decision Day showed otherwise.

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