Wednesday, May 06, 2015 02:00 PM


TUNNEL HILL — Less than 1 percent of the U.S. population serves in the nation’s armed forces, so when graduating seniors at Northwest Whitfield High School make the commitment to do so, it’s cause to celebrate, said Phil Higgins, a social studies teacher at the school.

“We want to recognize these young men and women for their commitment to this country, and we want to show them that we appreciate what they are doing,” he said.

Higgins was the master of ceremonies last Wednesday for the third annual Military Signing Ceremony to honor those students signing on with a branch of the U.S. military.

The event is patterned after a scholarship signing day, where athletes who have agreed to attend a particular college sign on with their new school. It is those events from which teachers in the social studies department have drawn their inspiration.

“The idea came about at the lunch table,” said Terri Sutton, department chair. “We (teachers) were talking about the sports scholarship-signing events and thought, ‘Why not kids who sign with the military?’ Those kids’ commitment is binding and life-changing. So, the event has become a part of our Bruin tradition.”

Students don’t actually sign up with a particular branch during ...

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