DHS Early College Graduate Spotlight: Christina Epps
Christina Epps is one of five Darlington High School Early College Honors Program students set to graduate with her Associate of Arts degree from Florence-Darlington Technical College.
When DHS unveiled its Associate of Arts Degree program for qualified Early College Honors Program students, Christina decided to rise to the challenge and take advantage of this opportunity. While only a high school freshman, Christina committed to spend the next three years, including one summer, devoted to a full college course load each semester in addition to her other high school classes. Her hard work has paid off because with the successful completion of her spring courses, Miss Epps will walk during Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Spring commencement ceremony in May and then receive both her college degree and high school diploma during Darlington High School’s graduation ceremony on June 2nd.
Christina is a dynamic student-athlete at DHS where she is a member of both the tennis and track teams. Christina also actively participates in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Anchor Club, National Honor Society, Beta Club, History Club, and Prom Committee; she also serves as Student Government President and Key Club Secretary. Even with her participation in clubs and athletics, Christina still manages the time to work two part-time jobs and dance.
Christina plans to attend USC and then graduate school to eventually become an attorney or actuary. When looking back, she says “…it has been one of the best decisions in my life. I am still in awe about how much money and time I have saved before attending college.” Christina would also like to encourage other students to, “take advantage of every opportunity that the ECHP and AA degree program offers.” She also reminds students to “never think that you are not smart enough. Success is all about how hard you work for it.” If success is about how hard you work, it is clear that Christina is a success.