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Congrats to the 36 Longview High School Early College graduates who walked across the stage May 10th in Kilgore College to receive their Associates Degrees!

Lobos receive college degrees before high school diplomas

Fri May 10, 2019

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Longview High School Early College and dual-credit students have a lot to celebrate!

May 7th there was a reception held for the 55 Longview High School seniors with dual-credit hours and those receiving their associates degree, and on May 10th the 36 Early College Kilgore College graduates walked across the stage in Kilgore.

"These students have worked so hard during their time at LHS and Kilgore College and they deserve to be celebrated," said James Brewer, Longview High School principal.

Two students had perfect 4.00 GPA's: Laura Martinez and Kimberly Diez. Six were inducted into the Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society for two year schools: Martinez, Diez, Monica Lozano, Tania Piedra, Prisila Reyes, and Natalie Serrato.

In just the 2018-2019 school year there were 523 Longview High students taking dual-credit classes, and 263 of those were seniors. A total of 6,531 semester credit hours were earned, averaging more than 12 hours per year each!

Carla Williams Brown, assistant principal for the LHS Dual-Credit program, said these early graduates will be ready to transfer to four-year colleges with a Junior standing.

"We are so proud of our students that have graduated from Kilgore College with 60 hours and either an Associate of Arts or an Associate of Science degree," she said. "Many others will have accumulated at least 30 hours of core curriculum courses and will be classified as Sophomores. Still others will have completed 12 or more hours of either academic transfer courses or workforce education courses, and they will be eligible to take part in Kilgore College’s new KC Connection program.

Williams-Brown said the program allows students to continue next Fall semester with the continued reduced tuition normally reserved for dual-credit students only.

"The reduction is 40 percent off regular tuition for as long as students continually register as full-time students," she said. "Students will also apply for additional scholarships and financial aid to go with the reduced tuition." 

The 2019 Early College graduates are:
Luis E. Aguirre, Kalyn Reign Anderson, Celina Baeza, Rynie Keayla Barnes, Shadda Lynn Botkin, Akarrius Kani Boyd, Mara Ceyna Cooks, Deborah Grace Cortez, Margie Starr Davis, Kimberly Angcon Diez, Kysean Tyrell Dixon, Angela Mercedes Dominguez, Ghnytra Keilana Ford, Ariana Vanessa Garcia, Alaiya Michelle Hawkins, Jaydyn James-Rollins, Garrett Taylor Johnson, Erin Jone Kelly, Monica Lozano, Brycelyn Durell Lynch, Laura Yesenia Martinez, Dijon Maxie, Rachel Nicole McCarty, Ryley Davis Nelson, Tania Piedra, Prisila Ester Reyes, Jackeline Rojas, Natalie Marie Serrato, Key'yon'tae Devon Shaw, Kristian Keith Shumaker, Marquel Ti'Shawn Smith, Mark Laronn Thompson, Michael Antione Traylor, Morgan Monique Vance, Daiton D. Wells, and Alyssa Gabriel Williams.