For the third consecutive year Vienna High School has multiple students that are marching to pomp and circumstance back-to-back. Seniors Taylour Daubert, Sabrina Hinkle, Megan McCuan, and Randy Reeder have not only completed their requirements for high school graduation, but have also completed their associate degrees at Shawnee Community College.
Like other graduating classes, the Vienna High School Class of 2015 will celebrate the scholarly achievements of its members, including 6 valedictorian, a salutatorian, 20 four-year honors students, 11 Illinois State Scholars, and countless scholarship recipients. These impressive achievements are only enhanced by the 4 students graduating with their college degrees.
These four students will be among the other college graduates on Friday, May 15th, participating in Shawnee Community College’s graduation ceremony, followed by their high school graduation at VHS on Friday, May 22nd.
Vienna High School Curriculum Director, Joshua Stafford stated, “We continue to be impressed with the goals that our students set and reach. We are proud of our staff that has stepped up to plate so that quality college credit opportunities can be provided. We hope to do everything possible to continue in providing quality instructions while attempting to overcome the funding crisis for education in Illinois.”
Overall, the Class of 2015 at VHS has collectively completed nearly 2,000 credit hours towards their college degrees through the dual credit/enrollment partnership with the local community colleges. These hours have been earned not only through dual credit offerings at the high school, but also by students attending classes at the college, both online and at the colleges’ campuses.
Shawnee Community College President Dr. Tim Bellamey praised the students and the partnership between Shawnee Community College and Vienna High School. “These students are to be commended for achieving this milestone. This is very difficult to accomplish and requires tremendous dedication and effort. A strong dual enrollment partnership between SCC and VHS helped make this possible.”
Taylour Daubert decided to pursue her associate’s degree along with her high school diploma when she entered Vienna as a transfer student from New Jersey during her sophomore year. She began taking college courses over the summer of her sophomore year and also took additional college courses outside of the dual credit offered at the high school. Being a part of the dual credit Certified Nursing program, she has developed a passion for helping others and plans to pursue a doctoral degree in physical therapy at the University of Illinois-Chicago in the fall with a major in kinesiology. Daubert has narrowed her focus on a future career in rehabilitation services to nursing home care and athletics.
Sabrina Hinkle chose to get her associate’s degree along with her high school diploma while she was playing in the band during her freshmen year at graduation. She watched from her seat in the band section as other graduates walked across the stage receiving both degrees. Sabrina then realized that she also wanted to achieve this goal. After graduation Sabrina will attend McKendree University to pursue her bachelor’s degree in secondary mathematics because she was inspired by her high school and dual credit math instructors, Mrs. Holhubner and Mr. Riepe, by their love for teaching.
Megan McCuan aspired to achieve her associate’s degree by the end of her senior year and began taking classes during her sophomore year. She realized she had a great chance to get ahead on her studies after high school through the Honor’s Escrow program and dual-credit classes offered at Vienna High School. Following her SCC/VHS graduation, McCuan plans to complete her bachelor’s in chemistry with pre-medical requirements at Birmingham-Southern College in Birmingham, Alabama. After medical school, McCuan wants to become a trauma surgeon and help improve the lives of others.
Randy Reeder aimed at earning his associate’s degree along with his high school diploma starting his freshmen year. Through his involvement with the dual credit Certified Nursing Assistant program, Reeder developed a desire for a career in healthcare. Reeder has a passion for medicine and plans to attend Southern Illinois University-Carbondale pursing a major in physiology, and later entering the physician assistant program. He hopes to spend his career as a physician assistant, specializing in cardiothoracic surgery.
Mr. Edwin Shoemate, Vienna High School Superintendent, stated “Our board, administration, and staff all work hard to provide our students with an environment that helps to promote individual career pathways and allows them to reach their academic and lifetime goals.”
Jean Ellen Boyd, SCC Dean, commented, “What an outstanding accomplishment! These students have gone above and beyond to reach some remarkable goals and I am very excited that SCC was a part of their continued educational plan.”
Mrs. Vickie Artman, SCC Vice President, stated “These students have challenged themselves to take their education to a higher level while simultaneously completing the requirements for high school. I congratulate them in meeting their academic goals and wish them much success and happiness.”