Twelve seniors from Midland Valley High School will have the distinct honor this week of being the first Early College students in Aiken County to graduate with associate’s degrees from Aiken Technical College during commencement exercises to be held Tuesday evening.
The students, who will receive their high school diplomas in early June, entered the program as rising high school sophomores entering the 2016-17 school year.
“This is truly a momentous occasion and cause for celebration in Aiken County Public Schools and the Midland Valley community,” said Aiken County Superintendent Dr. Sean Alford. “These talented students have worked extremely hard to set themselves apart academically, and they are being rewarded for that initiative. They have also honored their parents and family members by pursuing college course work during their high school years where no financial hardship is required.”
Alford thanked the leadership of Aiken Technical College, community business partner Graniteville Specialty Fabrics and Public Education Partners for their tremendous support of Midland Valley High School students.
“This has been a wonderful collaboration fully illustrative of the heights of opportunity that may be afforded to students when we work together,” Alford added. “We sincerely appreciate the outstanding support of Aiken Technical College, Graniteville Specialty Fabrics and Public Education partners and look forward to the continued success of the program for many years to come.”
Aiken Technical College President Dr. Forest E. Mahan said students who accept the Early College challenge see many benefits.
Midland Valley High School Early College Class of 2019 includes Clint Brandon Humphreys Jr., Francesca Keara Johnson, Trinity Michelle Kirby, Irvon Terryan Malcolm, Summerlin Jade Morris, Christopher Tyler Randall, Carly Rayann Rivers, Lauren Taylor Shoup, Michael Gregory Trock, William Andrew Walker, Jade Deshawn Whitfield and Adriana Cateriana Wood.
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