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Macon Early College celebrated the graduation of its second consecutive class on Sunday, June 5, at the Smoky Mountain Center for the Performing Arts. Samantha Carlucci, the student body president, welcomed everyone to the ceremony. The graduates were given words of wisdom from Macon County School Superintendent, Dr. Dan Brigman, and guest speaker Michael Rogers.

Valedictorian, Christa Sprinkle, reflected on her experience at MEC. She expressed her gratitude to her family, the faculty and staff of MEC, Southwestern Community College and Macon County Schools. “I can assure everyone, we are taking with us one of the most unique and gratifying experiences of our lives – and that is our time at Macon Early College,” said Sprinkle. She closed with a quote from “The Five People You Meet in Heaven,” by Mitch Albom: “All endings are also beginnings. We just don’t know it at the time.”

In a special moment, Ashleigh Moore, a former student who passed away last year was remembered fondly for her smile and perseverance. MEC student Tiera Walker entertained the graduates, singing, “I Believe I Can Fly.”

As the graduates received their diplomas, Principal Todd Gibbs gave a few personal remarks about each student. He recognized Emilee Deforest as the class Salutatorian. Conner Esterwood and Savannah Robbins were recognized as New Century Scholars.

Gibbs urged students to go forth and become the best they can be.

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