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Nearly 160 Santa Maria High School Saints recently made major commitments to colleges, universities and military branches during National Signing Day.

The event featured “plenty of smiles”, opportunities to take pictures with higher education pennants and information, according to school counselors Victoria Lopez and Margarita Guillen-Franco.

“Santa Maria’s Signing day was such a nice gesture from our staff to acknowledge all our hard work,’’ said student Alexa Aquino-Tolentino. “I enjoyed being around all the positive and motivating people that were there to support us and overall it was a special moment we all got to share. Santa Maria Staff never fails to disappoint me with welcoming recognition.”

“The whole thing was a symbolic declaration to ourselves that no matter the path we choose after high school there is so much more for us to fulfill,’’ said Ivan Jose. “As a student taking a military path, being able to sign my name definitely felt like a way to solidify a great commitment”.

“We saw Allan Hancock staff and our counselors,’’ said student Anthony Ramirez Bruno. “During this event we got to take pictures with different university flags.”

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