Alabama High School has Seven Seniors Graduating from College First

Seven seniors from ABS will graduate from Calhoun Community College on Friday night. Front Row L-R: Jantzen Flatt, Lillian Bradford, Laura Silvernail. Back Row L-R: Clayton Hamm, Matthew Usery, Cade Abernathy, Nicholas White.

Athens, Ala. – In the main hallway of Athens Bible School, there is an area dedicated to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. As a former general and president, Eisenhower understood organization, strategy, and implementation. President Eisenhower once said, “Plans are nothing; planning is everything.”

For the graduating class at ABS, it’s been about planning. As 97% of the class of 30 plans to attend college, 23% of the class are finishing with a college degree from Calhoun Community College in Decatur, Alabama. While it’s not unusual for high school students to acquire college credit through dual-enrollment (the average at ABS is 36 hours), it is highly unusual for a high school student to finish their Associate Degree during their high school career. At ABS, not one, not two, not three, but seven students will be walking across the stage at Calhoun Community College on Friday night to receive this honor, 11 days before they receive their high school diplomas. Since 2006, those who had received their Associate Degree had been females. This year, the group consists of four males and three females.

While the state of Alabama no longer offers an Advanced Diploma, ABS offers their own University Preparatory Diploma which requires advanced math, science, and two years of the same foreign language. Out of the class, 23 have earned the University Preparatory Diploma.

While success academically is clearly important at ABS, Gayle Hagewood, who is the Assistant Director of Development and an ABS graduate herself said, “Having such a successful senior class places a spotlight on our spiritual focus and respect for authority.”

As the ABS Class of 2019 moves forward, there’s one other quote from President Eisenhower that rings true for this small class of seniors, “What counts is not necessarily the size of the dog in the fight – it’s the size of the fight in the dog.”

Go get ‘em, Trojans!

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