By: Emma Wheeler | WCTV Eyewitness News
March 28, 2019
VALDOSTA, Ga. (WCTV) -- Valdosta seniors are reaching higher on college signing day.
Seventeen seniors from Valdosta Early College Academy signed on to their next step Thursday: a college education.
The celebration Thursday was held in honor of the Reach Higher Initiative, the national effort started by Michelle Obama to encourage students to look past high school and on to higher education.
"Have integrity and have high moral standards, and the sky, the universe, will be not even the limit for you. You can go as high as you would like to," Valdosta City Schools Superintendent Dr. Todd Cason said, kicking off Thursday's signing day.
The soon-to-be graduates signed off to eight different schools across Georgia, as well as to the United States Navy.
Zacchaeus Kier is one of the 17 seniors. He will be attending Georgia State University.
"My life is getting ready to change, and that's what I know. I'm excited for what's to come, I'm scared of what's to come, but I'm ready for what's to come," Kier said.
He said college has always been a goal of his, but was never a promise. Now, he's making his family proud, especially his great grandmother, who passed away just last year.
"I'm glad to have the opportunity to make her proud, from what she wanted in her life, and I'm just going to keep going," Kier said.
Now, Kier is keeping her in heart every step of the way.
"She is so proud, so proud," said Sandra Lawrence, Kier's grandmother.
Valdosta Early College Academy is a VCS school for low-income families or first generation high school or college students. Every senior this year graduated with college credit.