Mid-Year Graduates Ready for Tomorrow!
Mid-Year Graduates Ready for Tomorrow!
Posted on 01/31/2018
Community High School seniors Na’Quan Hughes and Alexus Inabinett pose in the school's media center.By Tim Reaves
BCS Communications Department

It’s mid-year graduation season, and Community High School senior Na’Quan Hughes is excited.

“I can’t wait!” He said. “I made myself a better person here, and I got to know a lot of people. I’m ready for the future.”

Hughes is one of 170 seniors from Community High, Buncombe County Middle College, and the six traditional BCS high schools who will graduate this Saturday (Feb. 3) at the Thomas Wolfe Auditorium in downtown Asheville. BCS has offered a mid-year graduation for the past 13 years.

“We have kids who have already started college courses, while some are graduating early to start in the workforce or the military,” said BCS Associate Superintendent Susanne Swanger. “It’s about personalizing graduation plans so that students can take advantage of college and career opportunities.”

Community High School seniors Alexus Inabinett, left, and Na'Quan Hughes pose outside the school. Hughes attributes his success to that individualized learning plan and the patience and persistence of his teachers at Community High. He wasn’t fitting in at his old school, so in 10th grade, he applied and was accepted to the specialty school.

Hughes had fallen behind and struggled to understand math concepts when he first started at Community High. But one of his instructors, Alex Rector, helped him reach a breakthrough.

“He would put everybody else on task, then he would come over and look closely at how I was doing things,” Hughes said. “And he helped me realize why I wasn’t getting things and helped make it easier to understand.”

“It is amazing how something so simple as connecting with a student can make your teaching so much more impactful,” said Rector, who now teaches at Buncombe County Early College. “As my relationship with Na'Quan grew, I began to see Na'Quan's trust in my teaching and confidence in his own abilities also grew.”

Alexus Inabinett said she was close to dropping out of high school after having a baby.

“With work, school, and raising a kid, it felt like it was just too much,” she said.

But Community High School offered daycare, a flexible schedule, and patient teachers who understood her unique situation.

“They put time on the side to help me catch up on homework and make sure I get everything done,” Inabinett said. “It’s a much better situation for me.”

Hughes plans to study game design after graduation, while Inabinett plans to study fashion. Both students said they “will, not might” pursue their dreams.

Saturday's graduation ceremony will start at 11 a.m. The inclement weather make-up date and time are Sunday, Feb. 4 at 2 p.m.
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