Andrews High School senior Kaylie Gibson runs through the teacher line April 26 after picking Lee University.

Wildcats make college choices known

    For four years, Andrews High School has been home to the Class of 2017. However, on April 26, many students made their official college selections for the next step in their education.
    After more than 200 applications submitted by the senior class, the choices were narrowed to 16 public and private colleges and universities.
    “For me, the choice was easy,” Kaylie Gibson said. “Lee University has church music and worship as a degree, and that is something I want to do.”
    For others, it was more difficult. “I was torn between N.C. State and UNC-Asheville,” Kylan Thompson said. “Both are great schools, but ultimately it came down to State because the engineering program is one of the best in the country.”
    Seniors were treated to an assembly where their hard work was recognized. Each member of the senior class, who stated he or she was attending a college, was entered into a drawing for college survival kits. After the prizes, seniors were able to make one more pass through a run-through of faculty members, who took time to congratulate each senior’s accomplishments.
    “That was so much fun,” Lexie Holloway said. “Having the entire school watching the payoff of our years of hard work was rewarding.”
    The celebration – the brainchild of Principal Lisa Fletcher, Madisson Smith and Teresa Wood – was the result of working with each senior on applications, scholarships and financial aid, as well as housing and campus tours.
    “It is important to help and guide our students through every step of the college process which begins the first day of their freshman year,” Fletcher said. “Our student body is top-notch and it is our responsibility to ensure that each student has the information and tools necessary to make their secondary educational dreams a possibility. It was a privilege to be able to celebrate them today.”
    The complete Decision Day announcements:
    Appalachian State University: Cabrina Scionti and Cheyanne Truett;
    Berea College: Robert Hogsed, Thomas West and Aaron Young;
    Lee University: Kaylie Gibson;
    Mars Hill University: Madison Bias, Gabby Hancock, Tiffany Holloway, Trevor Larey, and Chandler Malin;
    North Carolina State University: David Soto and Kylan Thompson;
    Southwestern Community College: Lexie Holloway and Bethlyn Jones;
    Tri-County Community College: Amanda Chastain, Meranda Chastain, Zack Dockery, Wade Ellis, Amber Hardin, Jacob Larey, Destinee Mathis, Kyndal Postell, Macie Radford, Mallorie Radford, Ashlyn Shires, and Katie-Jo Worden;
    University of Alabama: Taylor Coffey;
    University of North Carolina Asheville: Erin Madden;
    University of North Carolina Chapel Hill: Morgan Mashburn;
    University of North Carolina Greensboro: Kristina El Khouri and Jonathan Ogilvie;
    Western Carolina University: Ashlyn Graves, Chey Messer, Brannon McCoy, Taylor Parker, Drew Pyle, and Megan Yonce.
    “We could not be more proud of a class,” Fletcher said. “For such a small class, they have set high goals for themselves, have worked hard to be able to attend the schools of their choice and to obtain scholarships to assist in the transition from high school to the next phase of their lives.”

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