By: Morgan Sexton
Wayne County High School Junior Emily Meeks took advantage of the school’s early graduation program so she could get a head start on higher education. Emily worked hard to complete her high school credits in time to graduate with the Class of 2018.
In order to qualify for early graduation, Emily had to pass the final for all required WCHS classes and make benchmark in all areas of the ACT. Once she conquered these tasks, Emily was ready to receive her diploma.
Emily will be pursuing a degree in Psychiatric Nursing this fall at the University of Louisville. She intends to minor in Spanish. Her passion is to help children with developmental disorders such as autism.
Although she has completed her course of study, Emily is not done with Wayne County Schools activities just yet. She is taking advantage of the Gifted and Talented travel opportunity to Australia this summer.
Emily encourages any WCHS student who is ready to pursue their passions to consider early graduation. “It’s extremely hard work. You have to be very motivated and a little bit stubborn to get it all done,” she said.
She also wants younger students to know they can do anything they put their mind to. “Anybody can do what they want to do. They just have to figure out what they want and pursue it.”
Emily Meeks, age 17, is graduating from high school a year early. Emily's passion for helping people is leading her to a career in nursing.