Polk County Early College celebrates Class of 2023 at commencement

Polk County Early College celebrated the Class of 2023 on May 20 with commencement exercises and a recognition of scholarship winners in the Polk County High School auditorium.

The PCEC Class of 2023 included 18 seniors. Sixteen of those seniors also graduated with their Associate’s Degree from Isothermal Community College, and several earned additional certificates in Information Technology or Criminal Justice.

This year’s graduating class has a few students going directly into the workforce with their earned credentials while others are opting to transfer their credits and continue their education at four-year universities across the South.

A number of seniors were also recognized as scholarship winners. Those receiving awards from the Polk County Community Foundation included:

Polk County Community Foundation
Emily Beck, Bradley Puddin Hill Award
Adrianna Chavez, Bert and Harriet Marsh Scholarship
Arianna Chavez, Bradley Puddin Hill Award
Destiny Duncan, J. Harwood Cochrane Educational Award
Nathan Durham, Susan P. Barbour Scholarship
Victoria Garcia, Tryon Youth Center Scholarship
Stephanie Guzman-Mejia, Tryon Youth Center Scholarship
Hannah Martin, Bradley Puddin Hill Award
David Noto, N. Elizabeth Nash Scholarship
Kristan Reedy, Bradley Puddin Hill Award
Mario Rodriguez Padron, Polk County Community Foundation Merit Award
Austin Sparks-Trumble, Tryon Riding & Hunt Club Scholarship
Sydney Uhrich, Guilford S. Turner, Jr. Educational Award
Sydney Uhrich, Polk County Community Foundation Endowed Scholarship
CJ Williams, Bradley Puddin Hill Award

Ann L. Turner and Geoffrey M. Tennant Foundation Scholarship
Mario Sergio Rodriguez Padron

Stuart and Margaret L. Forbes Foundation Scholarship
Mario Sergio Rodriguez Padron

Kiwanis Club Scholarship
Elizabeth Lopez
Kristan Reedy

Tryon Rotary Club Scholarship
Adrianna Chavez
Destiny Duncan
Victoria Garcia
Elizabeth Lopez
Mario Sergio Rodriguez Padron
Austin Sparks-Trumble
Sydney Uhrich

State Employees Credit Union “People Helping People” Scholarship
Mario Sergio Rodriguez Padron

Polk County Early College is part of Polk County Schools and is free to Polk County students.

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