Decision day honors college-bound Milwaukee Public Schools graduates

106 Hamilton students were celebrated

Dozens of Milwaukee Hamilton High School graduating seniors celebrated their milestone decision to further their education at their college decision day Monday.

It was a symbolic day. From UW-Madison and MATC to out of state schools, each of the 106 students continuing their education were cheered. 

"Athletes get this recognition and we want to make sure that students are also recognized for academics," said Rose Martin, principal of Hamilton High School.

"It's a wonderful feeling," said Luan Minh-Banh, who’s attending Tufts University in Massachusetts in the fall.

It’s a new tradition the school is starting, wishing students well in the next chapter of their life.

"I'm proud of our students because they persevered, they never gave up, they never throw their hands up and said I can't do it. They sought the help and support they needed," Martin said.

That's why it feels great for students to receive love from peers and teachers.

"I believe furthering my education will allow me to become a better person mentally but also be able to financially support myself," said Demitrius Nelson, who’s heading to UW-Madison.

The event was a warm sendoff before they set the world on fire.

"It's been fun and all but I'm ready to enter adulthood and kind of move onto college and explore my possibilities," Nelson said.

Hamilton is one of three MPS schools having a college decision day this year. The goal is for all MPS seniors to be celebrated next year.

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