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Top left: Early College High top graduates

Top right: AdVance Academy top graduates

Bottom: Vance County High top graduates



Vance County Schools hosted its fourth annual "Evening of Academic Excellence" to honor the top 10 percent of academic achievers in the graduating classes at Vance County Early College High School, AdVance Academy and Vance County High School during the evening of May 20.


The banquet, attended by approximately 125 honored students, their parents, other family members, educators, school administrators and school system leaders, was held in the Civic Center at Vance-Granville Community College near Henderson.


There were approximately 40 members of the Class of 2019 from the three high schools who were individually honored during the event. They each were presented medallions recognizing their outstanding academic achievements during their high school careers.


The honored seniors lead their respective graduating classes in earning a total of over $6 million in scholarships to attend four-year colleges and universities in the fall. All of these seniors lead their classmates in a variety of ways and have captured an impressive amount of awards and accolades.


During the "Evening of Academic Excellence" event, the audience enjoyed several songs sung by the Vance County High School Chorus, under the direction of Korwind Stokes. They also enjoyed comments from Kwaji Bullock, the featured speaker for the evening who is a 2018 graduate of Northern Vance High School and a rising sophomore at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bullock shared his experiences as a first-year college student. He urged all of the high school seniors to make the most of the remaining time at their respective schools and to plan now to work hard to achieve their goals after graduation. He stressed to them that studies at the college and university levels are not easy, but with determination, hard work and commitment they can do well at the next academic level.


The honored students were called to the stage as a group by school. They were then individually introduced and walked across the stage to receive their medallion and be congratulated by Vance County Schools Superintendent Anthony Jackson, Vance County Board of Education Chairwoman Dorothy Gooche and Vance County Public School Foundation Board of Directors member Vanessa Jones. The students were introduced by their school's principal. These school leaders include: Travis Taylor of Vance County Early College High School, Stephanie Ayscue of AdVance Academy and Rey Horner of Vance County High School.


The Corporate Sponsors for the event were Graduation Alliance and the Vance County Public School Foundation.