DHS AA Graduate Spotlight – Brittney Hales
Brittney Hales is one of seven Darlington High School Early College Honors Program students graduating with her Associate of Arts degree from Florence-Darlington Technical College the same year she graduates from high school.
Two years ago, when DHS unveiled its Associate of Arts Degree program for qualified Early College Honors Program students, Brittney decided to rise to the challenge and take advantage of this opportunity. While only a high school sophomore, Brittney committed to spend the next two years, including two summers, devoted to a full-time college course load each semester in addition to her other high school classes. Her hard work has paid off because she was able to participate in Florence-Darlington Technical College’s Spring commencement ceremony on May 12th. She will then receive both her college degree and high school diploma during Darlington High School’s graduation ceremony on May 27th.
Brittney is an active student at Darlington High School and regularly participates in the National Honor Society and in the Sports Medicine Club. Not only is she active in these clubs, she is also very busy with athletics and has been on the DHS softball and soccer teams. Brittney also enjoys horses and playing video games.
Brittney’s dedication to school and extra-curricular activities has served her well as she has already enlisted in the US Army Reserve and plans to attend Converse College to become an athletic trainer. When she thinks about what she has accomplished at DHS, she says that the opportunity “is a benefit for kids going into college” because it definitely helps financially and “helps students get into a career faster.” Brittney is proud of the fact that she is the first one in her immediate family to earn a college degree right out of high school, and we are proud of her too.
Congratulations Brittney Hales!