Gathering was modeled after ceremony many student-athletes hold when they commit to their future college teams

College-bound students participate in ‘signing day’ Thursday at Santa Barbara High School. The event was aimed at celebrating young people who continue their education. (Brooke Holland / Noozhawk photo)

Santa Barbara High School’s 500 seniors joined thousands of other students across America on Thursday in commemorating the day that college-bound students choose to pursue higher education.

The gathering marked the first-ever SBHS “college signing day,” a celebration of young people pursuing their education in way similar to what many high school athletes do when they commit and sign with their future college teams. 

The J.R. Richards Gymnasium was buzzing with excitement as the students took selfies, ate snacks and

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