114 CGHS seniors earn college degrees or certificates through the Early College program

Dr. Kevin Mowrer, Vincennes University Assistant Dean for speaks to the audience during the ceremony on May 20, 2021.
Dr. Kevin Mowrer, Vincennes University Assistant Dean, speaks to the audience 
during the ceremony on May 20, 2021.

(May 20, 2021) - Center Grove High School (CGHS) honored 114 seniors for earning college degrees or certificates through the school’s Early College (EC) program on Thursday, May 20, 2021. Through the EC program, students can take courses that earn credit toward both high school and college at the same time. Center Grove High School’s commencement ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, June 5, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. in the CGHS Ray Skillman Football Stadium.

“I am so proud of our EC seniors,” said Tracy McMahen, CGHS assistant principal and director of Early College. “Even with all of the challenges that COVID presented, they adapted and persevered. They’ve grown stronger, become more self-reliant, and more independent. When things got tough, they still showed up. They showed up for their friends, their teachers, and, perhaps most importantly, themselves. They are going to accomplish great things.”

The following 58 EC seniors will receive an associate degree in General Studies from Vincennes University, along with their high school diploma:

Joslyn Beach *
Ella Blazek *
Isaac Brown
Cameron Buckmaster
Shelbi Cannon
Michael Carroll
Ashley Carson
Makena Case
Megan Cherry
Joshua Cornelius
Catherine Crowder
Caitlin Davis
Sierra Downey *
Emma Foley *
 Megan Fosnot *
Virginia Foust
Kylie Fulton *
Amy Garrido *
Alexa Gonzales-Tuesta *
Abby Groce *
Ethan Hite *
Jezalyn Hyzer *
Katherine Ireland *
Akimi Kerr *
Kinser Kopetsky *
Katelyn Koziol
Sidney May
Kylie McCrory *
Emma McKinney
 Rosalita Mitchell *
Elijah Norman *
Myana Pace *
Dhruvin Patel *
Aidan Perry
Cameron Phipps *
Rosa Reinhard *
Jenna Rittenhouse *
Mercedes Schemmel
Addison Shafer
Joshua Sims *
Paige Skipper *
Madison Snyder *
Brayden Sturm *
Amanda Swartz *
Wesley Tedrow
Kiara Tharpe *
Ashley Thill
Jansen Thrasher
Aaron Toland *
Ethan Vance *
Elizabeth Waskom *
Aidan Welch *
Christian Werner
Lauren Whewell *
Gregory Widduck *
Erika Wilson
Dane Young *
Drue Young *

* Denotes honors

Fifty-six students will receive a 30-hour Indiana College Core certificate, which means they have met all requirements for general education courses at all state universities in Indiana. Of this year’s class of 121, 120 graduating seniors earned more than 15 college credits. In total, this year’s EC seniors earned 6,330 college credit hours, which is a savings of approximately $1,053,400 in college tuition.