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TWO MIDDLESBORO HIGH SCHOOL SENIORS MAKE HISTORY, GRADUATE COLLEGE BEFORE FINISHING HIGH SCHOOL

May 13th, 2016
Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College
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CUMBERLAND, Ky. Two Middlesboro High School (MHS) students can now say they have done something no one else has ever done before in Southeast Kentucky. They have graduated from Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKCTC) before they finished their high school career.

Seniors Acacia Tribell and Taylor Prater are members of the first cohort of the Middlesboro High School Early College Pilot Program. While they do not graduate from MHS until May 21st, they were awarded their associates degrees from SKCTC on May 6th.

Both Miss Tribell and Miss Prater, and their families are truly exceptional. They have clearly demonstrated their passion and value for learning, their commitment to daily perseverance and tenacity, and their willingness in making the many personal sacrifices that are required to successfully complete the MHS Early College Pilot Program. Southeast President Dr. Lynn Moore said. Miss Tribell and Miss Prater have trail blazed new territory by making history as the very first students to have successfully completed a post-secondary degree program at Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College while simultaneously completing the requirements of a high school diploma at Middlesboro High School. Thank you graduates for making both institutions and your communities extremely proud!

Tribell is the daughter of Russell and Carolyn Tribell. She earned an Associates in Science and an Associates in Arts. Acacia plans to attend Eastern Kentucky University and pursue a career in psychology.

Prater is the daughter of Michael and Jimmie Carol Prater. She earned an Associates in Science degree. Taylor plans to attend the University of Kentucky and major in Biology.

Graduates of 2016
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Middlesboro High School seniors Taylor Prater (left) and Acacia Tribell (right) pose for a picture with Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College President Dr. Lynn Moore after becoming the first students in SKCTC history to graduate from college before finishing high school.