DHS AA Graduate Spotlight – Kenya White
Kenya White is one of seven Darlington High School Early College Honors Program students set to graduate with her Associate of Arts degree from Florence-Darlington Technical College.
Two years ago, when DHS unveiled its Associate of Arts Degree program for qualified Early College Honors Program students, Kenya decided to rise to the challenge and take advantage of this opportunity. While only a high school sophomore, Kenya 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 with the successful completion of her spring courses, Kenya 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 May 27th.
Kenya is also an active and busy student at Darlington High School. She regularly participates in Gospel Choir, National Honors Society, and Student Government; she has also served as the secretary of the DHS Falcon Marching Band, and she has been able to do all this while also working part-time. When she has free time, she enjoys singing, spending time with her family and friends, and just hanging out.
Kenya’s commitment to school and extra-curricular activities has led her to attend a four-year college to become a registered nurse. When she thinks about this academic journey she has undertaken, Kenya reflects that earning an Associate’s degree has been “the greatest opportunity that everybody should embrace.” She states that this path is a challenging program but one that has given her a head start in her college and career goals. She hopes that her success in the program will serve as an example and encouragement to others, especially other African American students. Kenya is very proud of the fact that she is not only one of Darlington High School’s first Associate of Arts degree recipients but also that she is the first African American student to earn a college degree at Darlington High School. We are definitely proud of her too.
Congratulations Kenya White!