The Warren County High School Class of 2017 has set a high bar for the seniors that come after them by becoming the school’s first graduating class to achieve a 100 percent college acceptance rate.
Colleen Neuer, WCHS guidance counselor, said that the 90 members of the graduating class have been accepted at educational institutions that include the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, UNC-Charlotte, North Carolina Central University, East Carolina University, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina A&T State University, Louisburg College, and Vance-Granville, Halifax and Nash community colleges.
Two graduating seniors plan to serve in the armed forces before entering a college or university, WCHS Principal Darrell Richardson added.
Besides being proud of the 100 percent college acceptance rate, the WCHS faculty members are even happier that all of the seniors wanted to continue their education beyond high school.
“We are very proud of our seniors for recognizing the need and preparing for their future after high school,” Richardson said. “They need to stay up-to-par in whatever field they choose.”
On May 19, WCHS honored the seniors with an ice cream and cake social celebrating their accomplishment. In the midst of the festivities, the seniors had another goal in mind: they want future graduating classes to follow in their footsteps.
Richardson said that last week, the seniors met with juniors and sophomores to discuss preparing for college and completing applications. Several members of the Class of 2017 plan to return next school year to help students during the college application process.
Richardson said that the attitude of helping other students prepare for the future has been typical of this year’s seniors, whom he described as an active class.
“They’ve been a great class,” he said. “They’ve really focused on how to improve the school.”