MEDFORD, Ore. -- High school seniors all over the country committed to their plans after high school. South Medford High School held its annual Decision Day to celebrate all the different successful pathways students to take once they walk across the stage on June 1st.
Many are planning on going to a four-year university like 4.0 student Alex Villa.
"It’ll just give me job opportunities. Even if it's not in a job that I desire like having that education will definitely give me a boost in the future," Villa said.
Madilyn Pineada is starting her college career off at RCC.
"It’s easier for me and my parents and it’s less money for me to spend. I won't be in such a big debt after and after I can just transfer to wherever."
While some of his old high school peers will be starting their GE's--Cole Boster is getting shipped out to Fort Ben in Georgia for basic training and hopes to eventually become and engineer.
"This is just kind of the best fit for what I want to do in life. It opens up a lot of doors for me," Boster said. “After basic training I can pursue an electrical apprenticeship while serving in the National Guard at the same time. It’s kind of the best of both worlds."
David Leal already did basic training last summer. Once he graduates he'll be finishing up job training in Fort Sill, Oklahoma.
"I hope to gain experience and better myself as a leader and hopeful set an example for future soldiers," said Leal.
Joining the military was a decision both students were very proud to make.
Senior Cole Smith has already been a part of RCC’s welding program and hopes to be a pipeline welder down the road.
"I like being able to make things. I like seeing the finished product and just going through the whole process is kind of cool. You get to start from nothing and then you make something," Smith said.