Southside Class of 2017 – Making History

Southside Class of 2017 – Making History


As the Southside High School Class of 2017 prepares for graduation this weekend, members of the class will be raising the bar of achievement for all Southside Students. Among the graduating class, Taylor Dale, daughter of Kevin and Tina Dale, will be the first student to graduate from high school and graduate with an Associate Degree from UACCB. Taylor has completed all requirements for high school in addition to 63 hours of college course work. She will enter Lyon College in the fall as a junior to pursue her future story in the medical field. In addition, Britian Harmon, son of Marty Harmon and Jan Harmon, will be the first Southside graduate to receive a technical certificate in Industrial Technology. During his junior and senior year, Britian has earned 39 hours of course work in welding, AutoCad, industrial safety, English Composition, and technical mathematics. Britian will attend UACCB in the fall to finish his Associate Degree in Industrial Technology and to further pursue his future story.

In addition to Taylor and Britian, 16 other seniors will graduate with a value added diploma. These Project Future Story students will graduate from high school on Sunday, May 7 th , and from UACCB on Monday, May 8th. Ten students will receive a certificate of proficiency in health skills and six will receive a certificate of proficiency in industrial technology. Some of these students have already been employed in local industry. In addition, Jennifer Shaw, Career and College Coach, reports that 60% of the class has successfully completed one or more college level courses. The members of the class have collectively earned 1193 college hours through the school’s partnership with UACCB.

Another record set by the Class of 2017 is over $2.5 million dollars in scholarships. Lisa Rich, high school counselor, shares that seniors have accepted numerous scholarships that range from $100 to over $100,000. Southside Seniors will be attending at least 14 different institutions of higher education. The majority will remain in Independence County choosing to attend UACCB or Lyon College.

Southside graduation ceremonies are scheduled for Sunday, May 7, at 3 pm. UACCB’s Independence Hall will be the site for Southside’s graduation. Class Valedictorians are Caylee McGuire and Faith Wilkerson; salutatorian is McKinley Fox.

If you would like more information, please call Superintendent Roger Rich (870) 251-2341 or email at