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Eighteen High School Students Graduate From FDTC

FLORENCE, S.C. (May 10, 2018) – Eighteen high school students who made up Florence-Darlington Technical College’s (FDTC) largest-ever Early College program class, graduated on Thursday night at the Florence Center.

This is the third graduating class of the Early College program. The students on Thursday night graduated with an Associate of Arts degree, and they represent Darlington High School, Wilson High School, West Florence High School and Grace Home School.

“We are thrilled to have this many students graduating with Associate’s Degrees,” said Maggie Gause, Director of K-12 Relations at FDTC. “These students have made a great decision by starting their college careers early. They have managed to complete their degrees while participating in activities, athletics, fine arts and more that their high schools had to offer. FDTC wishes them all well in their future endeavors.”

Graduates from Darlington High School included Haylie Blackwell (Francis Marion University), Andrea Goodson (University of South Carolina), Aryana Inman (Wingate University), Johnny James (Francis Marion University), Kyra March (Harvard University), Kendrell Parker (University of South Carolina), Jazmine Robinson (USC Sumter), Shayla Samuel (University of South Carolina), Zachary Sandifer (Clemson University), Olivia Vacanti (Francis Marion University), Rickya Washington (Greenville Technical College), Kaitlyn Westbrook (Coker College) and Emily Yarborough (University of South Carolina).

McKenzie Gallo (College of Charleston) is the West Florence High School student who graduated.

Wilson High School graduates included Hannah Griffin (Clemson University), Avahna Baker (Coker College) and Jerrisha Genwright (Winthrop University).

Grace Home School’s Katie Lynn Johnson (Bob Jones University) also graduated from the Early College program.

Hannah Griffin, Katie Lynn Johnson and Kyra March completed their degrees with a 4.0 GPA.

The Early College program was established in the summer of 2014, and it offers students the opportunity to take college classes leading to an Associate of Arts degree. In the high schools, a certified college instructor teaches the students of the program. High school students of the program will earn at least three hours of college credit for each class once they have successfully earned a C or higher. The Early College program offers 71 college hours.

More than 400 students walked across the stage at the Florence Center on Thursday night, and the college had more than 600 students graduate overall.

For more information on the FDTC Early College Program, contact Maggie Gause at or 843-661-8020.

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