Grads bid farewell to early college high school
From Staff Reports
Saturday, May 26, 2018
A total of 54 students walked the stage and turned their tassels Thursday during the Nash-Rocky Mount Early College High School Class of 2018 graduation ceremony at Nash Community College.
A total of 44 students graduated with a high school diploma and an associate of arts or science degree. The graduates future plans include 49 attending a college or university, two entering the workforce and three enlisting in the military.
The graduates who plan to continue their education received a combined total of $6,890,064 in scholarships, which is the largest amount of scholarship money ever received.
Ciello Murillo Gomez was named class valedictorian and Mei Liu was named class salutatorian. Nash-Rocky Mount Chief of Staff Brian Miller presented both of them with awards during the ceremony.
Murillo Gomez addressed students as they prepared to embark on the next phase of their lives.
“The only person that needs to believe in you is you. We are the future, we have a voice and we have power. We must put it to good use,” Murillo Gomez said.
The evening began with student D’evian Biggs singing the national anthem and student Trina Phan leading attendees in the Pledge of Allegiance. Students and guests were welcomed by Dr. Trent Mohrbutter, vice president of instruction and chief academic officer at Nash Community College.
Early College High School Principal Jennifer Sharpe said the class of 2018 is the largest graduating class, had the most scholarship money ever earned, received 238 college acceptances, had the highest percentage achieving an associate’s degree or industry certification while 100 percent of the students achieved transferable college credit, 90 percent continuing college education, 10 percent entering workforce or military and 100 percent being college and career ready.