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Cedar Hill seniors receive more than a high school diploma

UBA OKEREKE | 6/16/2013, 7:30 p.m.

The Dallas Examiner

This year, 60 out of 61 seniors from Cedar Hill Collegiate High School participated in the Cedar Valley College Commencement exercises on May 16. Of those graduates, 47 received their associate degree from the college. The remaining students participated in the commencement exercises because they were within 12 credit hours of earning a degree. The senior class earned 4,050 college hours and 45 of the students received scholarships totaling $3.8 million dollars.

The seniors graduated again with the rest of their high school classmates on June 1 in the Cedar Hill High School Performing Arts Center with Juan Gurrola as valedictorian of the class. Gurrola told his classmates that they have the “tools and weapons” needed for a new battle as they entered college.

Alayna Garner and Brittany Green shared the salutatorian honor. Garner will attend Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa., to study Arabic/security and peace ptudies with a minor in music. Green will attend Texas State University in San Marcos to major in mass communications.

Students attending the high school began taking college classes in the ninth grade. College professors come to the high school to teach freshmen and sophomores while juniors and seniors attend classes on the Cedar Valley College campus. Dr. Chuck McCarter, director of Early College High School for Cedar Valley College, paid the students the best compliment during a May Cedar Hill ISD Board of Trustees meeting.

“Our professors don’t know the difference between the collegiate students and the Cedar Valley College adult students.”

The 2013 senior class were involved in the community throughout the semester and donated over 15,000 hours of service.