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Early College Academy Honors 70 Grads

Over 60 high school students stand in Butler Community College's gymnasium after being honored for their completion of a two-year college degree.
Published: Thursday, May 16th, 2019

The Early College Academy program provides a college degree attainable before high school graduation

El Dorado, Kan. – Laced among the faces of Butler Community College’s 2019 graduating class are 70 individuals who have completed Butler’s Early College Academy; earning two degrees simultaneously.

The Early College Academy gives high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to earn college credits and experience while finishing their high school careers.

“Butler definitely impacted me and helped me find a pathway for my life,” said Ashley Small of Augusta, Kan., who will be among those graduating from Butler on Friday.

Not only has enrollment in the academy earned Small an associate degree at the age of 17, she has also gained experience along the way. 

Small said, “When somebody asks me about the Academy, the first thing I say is take the opportunity.”

Opening remarks for the Early College Academy celebration were delivered by Eileen Dreiling, Butler Board of Trustees member. After the introduction Kim Krull, Butler president, recognized the students’ success, offering each of them her congratulations.

For these students, May has marked the achievement of both a high school diploma and an associate degree:

·         Aaron Trekell (Andover High School)

·         Marcella Trujillo (Andover High School)

·         Trinity Young (Andover High School)

·         Zackary Beatie (Andover Central High School)

·         Haley Berger (Andover Central High School)

·         Jessica Gulaskey (Andover Central High School)

·         Lauren Johnson (Andover Central High School)

·         Kisan Patel (Andover Central High School)

·         Sabrina Tallberg (Andover Central High School)

·         Garret Toom (Andover Central High School)

·         Anja Tschohl (Andover Central High School)

·         Molly Wackerly (Andover Central High School)

·         Taylor Ames (Augusta High School)

·         Jacquelyn Bogner (Augusta High School)

·         Karen Costillo (Augusta High School)

·         Cassidy Dresher (Augusta High School)

·         Briggs Erwin (Augusta High School)

·         Zirah Harrington (Augusta High School)

·         Cortney Kellogg (Augusta High School)

·         Jaiden Robert (Augusta High School)

·         Ashley Small (Augusta High School)

·         Sydney Bessent (Circle High School)

·         Tori McGinnis (Circle High School)

·         Regan Messmore (Circle High School)

·         Natalee Collier (Derby High School)

·         Reagan Cowden (Derby High School)

·         Bailey Devine (Derby High School)

·         Torrie Dutcher (Derby High School)

·         Zachary Fitzwater (Derby High School)

·         Taylor Godown (Derby High School)

·         Corbin Hanus (Derby High School)

·         Savannah Hidalgo (Derby High School)

·         Shyanne Hodgin (Derby High School)

·         Emma Johnson (Derby High School)

·         Erin Kooser (Derby High School)

·         Devon Marshall (Derby High School)

·         Hannah Meyer (Derby High School)

·         Andrew Nenortas (Derby High School)

·         Brandon Nophavong (Derby High School)

·         Michael Thompson (Derby High School)

·         Amy Vathanasay (Derby High School)

·         Kaleb Hurd (Douglass High School)

·         Jaysi Mertz (Douglass High School)

·         Katelyn Moore (Douglass High School)

·         Amber Scharff (Douglass High School)

·         Jacob Woody (Douglass High School)

·         Ricki Burks (El Dorado High School)

·         Veronica Fisher (El Dorado High School)

·         Kyndall Jeffress (El Dorado High School)

·         Levi Feil (Home School / Wichita, Kan.)

·         Nate Iwinski (Home School / Wichita, Kan.)

·         Roman Quinn (Home School / Wichita, Kan.)

·         Talure Bird (Mulvane High School)

·         Corbin Lockwood (Mulvane High School)

·         Erin McElravy (Mulvane High School)

·         Addison Seier (Mulvane High School)

·         Madeline Tharp (Mulvane High School)

·         Emily Atkinson (Rose Hill High School)

·         Haley Fairchild (Rose Hill High School)

·         Shay Grippi (Rose Hill High School)

·         Breanna Herrera (Rose Hill High School)

·         Savannah Kiser (Rose Hill High School)

·         Brady Koenigsman (Rose Hill High School)

·         Skylar Nichols (Rose Hill High School)

·         Ashlyn Parkey (Rose Hill High School)

·         Analisa Pennington (Rose Hill High School)

·         Hailey Snyder (Rose Hill High School)

·         Micah Streeter (Rose Hill High School)

·         Brian Kessler (Valley Center High School)

 

In addition, the following individuals were recognized for their completion of year-one of the academy:

·         Hailey Barbour (Andover High School)

 

·         April Carney (Rose Hill High School)

 

·         Kallan Lucas (Rose Hill High School)

 

·         Dodge Stafford (Circle High School)

 

On Friday, May 17, each of these individuals will take their place among the alumni of Butler Community College.