More than 100 seniors at Whale Branch Early College High School reached a milestone on Wednesday night as they graduated in their cap and gown.
Seven of the graduates are already two years ahead of their classmates, earning their associate's degrees while still in high school.
Of those seven, fiver earned double associate's degrees.
The students took full advantage of a partnership between Whale Branch and the Technical College of the Lowcountry.
"I am extremely grateful, I am so very grateful," said valedictorian Michelle Gee. "It's a great opportunity. I wish they would do it for everybody because it's just a great money saver. It puts you so far ahead."
"We didn't have to pay for anything," said salutatorian Madison Auten. "You know, I got my associate's degree and I'm still 17, haven't even graduated high school and I got it. I'm very happy. I told people and they didn't even believe me!"
This is the fourth year Whale Branch Early College High School has partnered with TCL for the joint initiative.
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