Signing day presentations are usually reserved for high school students who have received athletic or academic college scholarships, but a movement to start recognizing future teachers is picking up steam in Minnesota.
On Thursday, Maple Lake High School held a ceremony for its senior students who plan to become teachers – the first of its kind in Minnesota, according to John Millea of the Minnesota State High School League.
"Nothing is more vital to the future of our world than education, and we need to do everything we can in Minnesota and elsewhere to encourage young people to consider careers in education," Millea wrote in his blog last year.
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Millea has been pushing more schools to do the same since he saw Norwalk High School in Iowa do it last spring.
The students at the school in Iowa are recognized during a ceremony in which they sign letters of intent to the colleges they plan to pursue teaching degrees at.
"Education in Minnesota is something we are proud of, and rightfully so," Millea wrote. "Let’s make signing ceremonies for future teachers happen here in the spring of 2018 and beyond.
"Teachers, administrators, parents, students … get the ball rolling in your schools."
Maple Lake is located on Hwy. 55 between the Twin Cities and St. Cloud.
Comedy Central's "Key & Peele" actually did a hilarious skit on what SportsCenter would be like if it focused on teachers rather than athletes.