Why Can’t Scots Have One Signing Day Ceremony?

Forgive me if you’ve heard this before, but I have to complain about the way the powers that be at Highland Park High School handle National Signing Day. This is a made-for-the-media event; an athlete’s letter of intent is just as binding if he/she signs it in the privacy of his/her own home, and his/her scholarship will be no less valuable. Schools schedule Signing Day ceremonies just so the kids can get some much-deserved recognition. They get that recognition only if the media show up with cameras.

That’s why I don’t understand why the Highland Park coaches make our job harder than it has to be. (And I say “our” because I doubt any media outlets besides Park Cities People will be at HPHS on Wednesday.) Instead of scheduling one ceremony where we can interview all the athletes at once and get their smiling faces in a single photograph, here’s how the coaches have arranged things: At 2:30 p.m., there will be a ceremony for football players in the coaches’ office. FIVE MINUTES LATER, a separate ceremony for the girls soccer team is scheduled to begin in the cafeteria. I hope nobody gets too verbose in the football ceremony. Otherwise, my staff — and, presumably, principal Walter Kelly — will be running to the cafeteria to make sure they don’t miss the soccer signing.

Meanwhile, Dallas ISD has somehow managed to schedule a single ceremony for its dozens of scholarship athletes from multiple schools. What a concept. Why don’t you try it, Scots?

By Dan Koller Feb. 1, 2013 | 9:10 am | 5 Comments | Comments RSS
5 comments to "Why Can't Scots Have One Signing Day Ceremony?"
  1. Jim Swayze @ February 1, 2013 at 12:38 pm
    That just makes entirely too much sense, Dan.

  2. Dan Koller @ February 4, 2013 at 10:57 am
    The Highland Park ISD communications office just announced that the soccer ceremony has been pushed back to 2:50 p.m.

  3. Dan Koller @ February 4, 2013 at 2:02 pm
    Stop the presses: We just got another update from the Highland Park ISD communications office. All four athletes (two football, two soccer) will sign their letters during one ceremony at 2:30 p.m. in the cafeteria. Thanks to whoever made this happen.

  4. Avid Reader @ February 4, 2013 at 3:08 pm
    I bet you might be able to thank yourself.

  5. A. B. @ February 5, 2013 at 11:38 am
    Way to go, Dan. We should sic you on the school finance/Robin Hood issue.

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