Vianey Marquez, left, and Shaylee Heathers will both be graduating this Saturday. They are two out of the 11 seniors who have successfully completed 12 or more credits through MPCC. (Johnson Publications photo)

CCS seniors honored with MPCC credit chords

Eleven Chase County Schools (CCS) seniors have been working extra hard throughout their high school careers to better prepare themselves for the college world by taking college classes.
    The majority of college classes offered at CCS are provided through Mid-Plains Community College (MPCC).
    In hopes of honoring and giving credit to the students who are taking the initiative to get a jump start on college, for the first year, MPCC has provided a blue and gold honor cord and a personalized certificate for seniors who have successfully completed 12 or more credits.
    The 11 CCS seniors who will be wearing the cords at commencement ceremonies this Saturday include Katelyn Wheeler, Shaylee Heathers, Hunter Bartels, Brittanie Benge, Bridgette Odens, Jadin Bussell, Vianey Marquez, Garrett Taylor, Nolan Spady, Josie Peterson and Mikaela O’Brien.
    Heathers, who is planning on attending the University of Nebraska Lincoln for pre-vet medicine and veterinary science, said she would recommends all students utilize this resource.
    “I was glad I took my speech class here, because it was nice to perform in front of people I know,” said Heathers.
    Some classes are also offered to high school students as a double credit and at a cheaper price, both of which are a helpful benefit, said Heathers.
    Marquez is planning on attending the University of Texas at El Paso to major in nursing.
    “You know the teachers and they were hard on you and would tell you exactly what they wanted,” said Marquez.
    There are more than 200  area high school students who have achieved the MPCC  honor in its first year.

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