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GenTX Celebrates High School Students

Students will be recognized for continuing their education.

Written by Jourdan Scruggs

GenTX Day 2013 is Friday, May 3.

GenTX Day 2013 is Friday, May 3.

The South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council will host College Signing Day to celebrate the achievements of college-going high school seniors from 10 to 11:30 a.m. May 3 (Friday) at the Lubbock City Bank Auditorium.

High school students from the Region 17 area will sign their commitment letters to colleges at the event. The celebration will feature motivational speakers and is open to the public. Local high school juniors and seniors are strongly encouraged to attend the event.

“College Signing Day for all students planning to attend college after high school graduation is an exceptional way to show support and encourage our seniors,” said Janie Ramirez, executive director of the South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council. “The event will recognize the academic accomplishments of students and reflect the importance of higher education.”

Generation TX is a statewide grassroots movement of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) aimed at closing the gaps and creating a generation of college and career readiness. Earlier this year Texas Tech’s College of Education, in collaboration with the South Plains Closing the Gaps P-20 Council, was awarded a $200,000 grant from THECB to implement this region’s version of the initiative. For more information, visit www.GenTX.org.

Gov. Rick Perry has designated May 3 as GenTX Day, celebrating all students and their journey toward higher education. Everyone is encouraged to wear a college T-shirt that day to recognize the event.

In addition, 40 recipients of the South Plains Generation TX Scholarship will be recognized at the event.

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