Four years ago, Diego Camposeco was a ninth grader getting ready to enter the first class of the Pender Early College High School at Cape Fear Community College. On Friday, May 7, the 17-year old joined four other students who earned a high school diploma and a two-year college degree in four years – a full year ahead of most of their classmates. Diego plans to attend UNC-Chapel Hill this fall with a Morehead-Cain Scholarship, although he was also accepted into Harvard.
The Pender Early College High School is a partnership between CFCC and Pender County Schools that gives high school students the opportunity to pursue an associate degree at CFCC. For most students in the program, obtaining their high school diploma and their two year associate degree will take five years.
The other Pender Early College High School graduates included:
- Caroline Boese: receiving an Associate in Arts degree, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society and received a CFCC Student Recognition Award in 2008. She is going to UNC-Chapel Hill to major in Journalism or Business.
- Alex Lyons: receiving an Associate in Science degree and received a CFCC Student Recognition Award in 2008. She is going to Appalachian State University to study Exercise Science.
- Ryan Priest: receiving Associate in Science degree and is going to North Carolina State University to study Engineering.
- Stephen Reece: receiving an Associate in Science degree, is a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society, served as a CFCC Ambassador for the 2009-2010 year, and is attending North Carolina State University in the fall to study Environmental Engineering.