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First Midland Valley High School Early College Graduates Receive Associate’s Degrees From Aiken Technical College

Twelve seniors from Midland Valley High School had the distinct honor May 7 of being the first-ever Early College students in Aiken County to graduate with Associate’s Degrees from Aiken Technical College during commencement exercises held at the USC Aiken Convocation Center.

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,” stated 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.”

Dr. 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,” Dr. 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 says students who accept the Early College challenge see many benefits.

“We are very proud our first Early College cohort. These students have shown dedication and determination throughout the program. They have excelled academically while also balancing several extracurricular and community activities,” commented Dr. Forest E. Mahan, president of Aiken Technical College. “The Early College program is a unique opportunity that allows high school students to earn a college credential and be steps ahead of their peers when they transfer to the four-year college or university of their choice. This program has been yet another example of the great partnership we have with the Aiken County Public School District and the impacts of us working together to increase the higher education attainment in Aiken County.”

Let’s meet the Midland Valley High School Early College Class of 2019:       

Early College Grads 1

NAME: Clint Brandon Humphreys, Jr.

PARENTS: Clint and Marisol Humphreys

CAREER PLANS: Military Enlistment

CAREER GOAL: United States Navy

QUOTING CLINT: “It was long and hard and there were good times and bad times. Overall, it was a good experience and I would recommend that most people attempt the program.”

 

NAME: Francesca Keara Johnson

PARENT: Juvelle Carter

COLLEGE PLANS: Winthrop University

PLANNED MAJOR: Biochemistry

CAREER GOAL:  Pediatrician

QUOTING FRANCESCA: “Hard work, dedication, and fun are the ultimate takeaways that I’ve picked up through this incredible opportunity.”

 

NAME: Trinity Michelle Kirby

PARENTS: Edward Kirby and Veronica Kampf

COLLEGE PLANS: Clemson University

PLANNED MAJOR: Animal Science

CAREER GOAL: Veterinary Medicine

QUOTING TRINITY: “The Early College program gives you a great opportunity to advance your education and get ahead in life.”

 

NAME: Irvon Terryan Malcolm

PARENTS: Irvin and Latasha Malcolm

COLLEGE PLANS: The University of South Carolina Aiken

PLANNED MAJOR: Nursing

CAREER GOAL:  Physician’s Assistant (PA)

QUOTING IRVON: “In these last three years I have had the experience of a lifetime. Even though it was hard, stressful, and downright tiring, it was all well worth it. The benefits that Early College have provided me with have brought me further than I could ever have imagined.”

 

NAME: Summerlin Jade Morris 

PARENTS: George and Loretta Morris 

COLLEGE (OR CAREER) PLANS: The University of South Carolina Aiken

PLANNED MAJOR: BSN

CAREER GOAL: Oncologist 

QUOTING SUMMERLIN: “Early College was a great experience. It was an amazing opportunity. It was hard work, but very much worth it!”

 

NAME: Christopher Tyler Randall

PARENTS: Chris and Jennifer Randall

COLLEGE (OR CAREER) PLANS: The University of South Carolina Columbia

PLANNED MAJOR: Mechanical and Electrical Engineering

CAREER GOAL:  Undecided

QUOTING CHRISTOPHER: “Joining the Early College program was the best thing I could’ve done for myself in high school. It provided me a way to get a head start on my peers and obtain a college degree without having to pay a dime.”

 

NAME: Carly Rayann Rivers

PARENTS: Marty and Tommy Rivers

COLLEGE: USC Aiken

PLANNED MAJOR: Psychology (Master’s Degree)

CAREER GOAL: School Counseling or Social Work

QUOTING CARLY: “This opportunity has given me so much. It’s made me more responsible, mature, and ready for the rest of my college experience at a four-year university. The most important thing it has given me is a family. I will truly miss the friends that are now family that I have made throughout this program. Early College is something I will always be grateful for and always remember from my high school years.”

 

NAME:  Lauren Taylor Shoup

PARENTS:  Charles and Jennifer Shoup

COLLEGE PLANS:  The University of South Carolina Columbia

PLANNED MAJOR: Biology

CAREER GOAL: Pediatric Physician’s Assistant

QUOTING LAUREN: “Early College has been an amazing opportunity that I am very glad I decided to take advantage of. It is, by far, the best decision I have made throughout high school.”

 

NAME: Michael Gregory Trock

PARENTS: Anthony and Alicia Zeman

COLLEGE PLANS: The University of South Carolina Columbia

PLANNED MAJOR: Computer Science and Computer Engineering (double major)

CAREER GOAL: Computer Engineer

QUOTING MICHAEL: “The Early College program has been a great opportunity for me. I am excited because when my peers are graduating with their bachelor’s degrees, I will be graduating with my master’s degree.”

 

NAME: William Andrew Walker

PARENTS: Todd and Rebecca Walker

COLLEGE PLANS: The University of South Carolina Columbia

PLANNED MAJOR: Civil Engineering

CAREER GOAL: Civil Engineer

QUOTING ANDREW: “Early College helped me learn time management skills and how to be successful in college.”

 

NAME: Jade Deshawn Whitfield

PARENT:  Johnny Whitfield

COLLEGE PLANS: University of South Carolina Columbia

PLANNED MAJOR: Biological Sciences

CAREER GOAL: Orthodontist

QUOTING JADE: “It’s been a long journey, but I am really excited to finally be reaching this milestone in my life. Sometimes I have to sit back and just say, wow, we finally made it. It’s just amazing that we are about to graduate. Our teachers helped us throughout and I’ve really enjoyed it. It’s been amazing.”

 

NAME: Adriana Cateriana Wood 

PARENTS: Alicia Nyerges and Harry Wood

COLLEGE: Augusta University 

CAREER GOAL:  Neurologist/Pathologist 

PLANNED MAJOR: Biochemistry and Forensic Science (double major)

QUOTING ADRIANA: “Early College has been a great experience. It allowed me to have the immediate support from my family while getting accustomed to college life. Early College helped discipline my academic life, and pushed me to succeed. I’m so grateful for everyone who has been involved with making this possible. It really made my high school experience worth it.”

Early College Grads Hat Toss

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