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Surry Community Honors HSE and AHS Graduates


A total of 120 students earned their High School Equivalency (HSE) and Adult High School (AHS) diplomas from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021, from Surry Community College.

Seventeen High School Equivalency students and three Adult High School program students were recognized during the 31st annual HSE/AHS Graduation held at the Surry Community College Gymnasium in Dobson on May 7.

Dr. Candace Holder, SCC Chief Academic and Information Officer, was the guest speaker, and SCC President Dr. David Shockley presented graduates with their diplomas.

HSE Graduates-10 photos in collage
(left to right, top row) Alexander Rivas, Ashley Conner, Ashley Lyons, Baeleigh Backstorm, and Belinda Powell. (bottom row) Chasity Morawietz, Darrell Billings, Emely Alba Vela, James McCraw, and Katelynn Kearney.

The graduates are: Jacob Freeman, James McCray, and Lilia Soriano of Ararat; Salinda Bonds of Boonville; Kevin Thompson of Danbury; and Mark Bell, Nicole Copeland, Rachel Curry, and Mark Walters of Dobson. Brandon Ashley, Zymee Blackburn, Natalie Burckhalter, Juliana Carranza, Doris Concepcion Anorve Cruz, Aliah Hessberger , Braden Lovett, Ella Millington, Mary Moore, Chasity Morawietz, Tony Richardson, Chitica Rodriguez, Jamie Shumate, Vaughn Staples, Devon Thornlow, Anthony Triplett, and Aden Vestal of Elkin.

Katelynn Kearney of Ennice; Jennifer Absher, Jake Barney, Virgilio Gonzalez-Colima, and Maria Maya of Hamptonville; Darrell Billings, Ashley Lyons, and Denny South of Hays. Cindy Alde, Savannah Matthews, Cameron Mccoy, Tabitha Poe, Sherry Powell, and Jessica Wilson of Jonesville.

Zachary Berry, Caleb Burrow and Bobbi Webster of King; Bryanna Chaney of Lowgap; Alyssa Allen of Mocksville; and Camden Atkins, Shane Atkinson, Baeleigh Backstrom, Crystal Barker, Alysha Barnes, Angie Bowman, Marisa Brown, Ciara Davis, Misty Dean, Kaylyn Dix, Nathan Duplessis, Amber Harris, Austin Hicks, Michael Kightlinger, Austin King, Virginia Knight, Jose Larraga, Christopher Leftwich, Megan Mackie, Bryan Scott Manuel, Wendy McCraw, Wesley Meador, Isabella Parks, Jessie Presnell, Whitney Puckett, Alexander Rivas, Mariza Saldan, Susan Sanchez, Aracely Sanchez Miranda, Joseph Simpson, Jessica Smith, Brantly Stewart, Cassidy Thomas, Nathan Tucker, Scarlette Tucker, Robert Tuttle, Maggie Upchurch, and Sara Woodruff of Mount Airy.

HSE Graduates 2-10 photos in collage
(left to right, top row) Kenya Stephens, Lilia Soriano, Maria Maya, Mariza Saldana, and Savannah Matthews. (bottom row) Sherry Powell, Tabitha Poe, Virgilio Gonzalez-Colima, Wendy McCraw, and Zymee Blackburn.

Cody Stanley of North Wilkesboro; Benjamin Bryant, Mike Holtz, and Kenya Stephens of Pilot Mountain; Abigail Goins, Zachary Goins, Christopher Youngblood, and Summer Youngblood of Pinnacle; Johnathan Baker of Roaring River; Beverly Motsinger and Russ Royall of Ronda.

David Wills and Yunyan Zou of Sparta; Cyra Bohner and Adam Seagraves of State Road; Stephanie Brittingham and Lynn Phipps of Thurmond; Hailey Carpenter and Tiffany Vickers of Traphill; James Underwood of Westfield; and Alexander Young of Winston-Salem.

Emely Alba Vela , Michael Bowman, Shawn Branon, Travis Brooks, Taylor Campbell, Christopher Galindes, Raven Hutchens, Belinda Powell, Carlos Ruelas, and Maria Saavedra of Yadkinville. Ashley Conner, Ashley Felts, and Jacob King of Ararat, Va.; Kevin Haynes of Cana, Va.; Molly Widener of Hillsville, Va.; and Joseph Cardwell of Lambsburg, Va.

Surry offers two assessment options for earning a High School Equivalency Diploma. Students can take either the General Educational Development (GED®) Test or the High School Equivalency Test (HiSET™). Successful passage of either test results in an HSE Diploma issued by the North Carolina Board of Community Colleges. Surry offers free preparation classes to give students an opportunity to gain the knowledge and skills needed to successfully pass the test. Online preparation classes are also offered.

Surry’s Adult High School program offers an alternative to the HSE program for adults who did not graduate from high school. Anyone lacking a few credits from high school can enroll in the online program in order to acquire a high school diploma. In-person assistance is given to anyone who needs tutoring. The AHS program was established by Surry with affiliation agreements with local school districts. An AHS diploma is awarded by the number of credits and specified courses adopted by the State Board of Education as the requirement for graduation from the public high school.

For more information about Surry’s High School Equivalency programs, contact Jennifer Pardue at (336) 386-3674, or Nichole Shores at (336) 386-3441.

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