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RCEC Awards Day 2021



(screenshot from video by VWSD)

Are you smarter than the average River City Early College graduate?

Thirty-seven young minds walked across the stage Thursday, May 13, 2021 at Hinds Community College and received their associate degrees.

An AA Degree is a basic degree that requires 60 credit hours and can be completed by attending classes full time for two years. This gives undergraduates a chance to get a head start on obtaining the skills and knowledge it takes to move forward with more advanced degrees and ultimately their careers.

Four years ago, a group of 90 middle schoolers in Vicksburg got the opportunity to attend RCEC and acquire their associate degrees. The high school level teachers teach them thoroughly for the first two years to prepare them for college. When RCEC students become juniors, they are taking full-time college classes.

Not all students want to get their associate degree, and that is a personal decision that each student must make.

The path to getting your AA at Hinds, however, is trickier because students have to have so many classes per semester and must take advanced math such as trigonometry. On top of school activities, clubs, extra curriculars, community service, and their home lives, RCEC students must be able to meet the demands.

RCEC recognized many outstanding students at their 2021 awards day.

The Senior Student Council was recognized for assisting their class in events and activities. These members are Macy Watts (Class Representative), Anna-Marie Agyepong (Class Representative), and Shreya Surti (Class President).

RCEC’s Key Club is a student-led organization that encourages leadership through serving others. The senior Key Club members have kept this going throughout this school since the beginning and did so much for the community. The Key Club student officers recognized were Hope Hudson (President), Macy Watts (Vice President), Riddhi Patel (Secretary), and Kangana Patel (Treasurer). The Key Club members awarded were Chloe Bailess, Kiya Cooper, Kaitlyn Fisher, Hope Hudson, Kangana Patel, Riddhi Patel, Zach Stokes, Shreya Surti, and Macy Watts.

The students graduating with their Associate of General Studies Academic Cord include Annalise Basham, Aayanna Chapman, Garielle Cooper, Michael Cooper, Sam Dixon, Taylor Harrigill and Kaleb Ketchum.

The following students not only earned their degree, but excelled academically throughout their entire journey and maintained a GPA of 3.2-3.5, earning their Cum Laude Honor Cord: Sarah Beck, Arianna Brown, Annie Caston, Jacob Downey, Kaitlyn Fisher, Shawntrice Pendleton, Stephanie Sellars, Paige Talbot, Jasmine Tennis, Jeanie Trest, and Selena Vasquez.

Students who still earned their associate degree and acquired their Magna Cum Laude Honor Cord are Anna Marie Agyepong, Hannah Branch, Sarah Campbell, Kayla Davis, Elaina Delgado, Bram Francis, Ethan Patel, Jalen Patel, Kangana Patel, La’Keishia Richerson, Faith Sanders, Shreya Surti, Mac Vroman, and Macy Watts.

Earning the highest distinction Summa Cum Laude Honor Cord and maintaining a cumulative GPA of 4.0 throughout all of her collegiate coursework is Riddhi Patel.

All of the students earned various awards for their many academic and service-related accomplishments. The full video can be located on VWSD’s Facebook page.

Vicksburg Daily News would like to wish congratulations to the 37 scholars and their impressive degrees, and special felicitations to the Valedictorian of the 2021 class, Kangana Patel.

This week, all River City Early College seniors will walk across the stage with their high school diploma on Wednesday, May 26 at 6 p.m.

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