COMPTON, CA – May 3 was a good day for students attending Compton Early College High School. That’s because the entire 2019 graduating class was feted to a ceremonial celebration day at the Compton school for what they have accomplished. The end goal for most high school students is to make it into college.
The seniors making up the original class of students at Compton Early College High School did one better. They are all headed to a four-year college. That’s not a typo. All the seniors at Compton Early College High School will soon be on their way to getting their education at higher institutions of learning. All 65 seniors are now eagerly awaiting the college opportunities that are in store for them.
This was a cause to formally recognize the student achievers for Compton Unified School District officials as well as for Compton Early College High School faculty and staff. Among those in attendance for the ceremony were Compton Unified School District President Dr. Darin Brawley, Compton Early College High School Principal Dr. Pamela Maddox, and Compton Unified School District Board of Trustees Vice President Satra Zurita.
Compton Early College High School allows students the opportunity earn associate of arts degrees as well as picking up their high school diploma at the same time. Compton College President and CEO Keith Curry shared his enthusiasm about the students’ success in the classroom for the last four years.
“Compton College applauds the success of students from the Compton Early College High School,” Curry said. “As a partner with Compton Unified School District in the establishment of the Early College High School, we have witnessed these students’ success from their first day of enrollment, and we wish them continued success at their selected four-year colleges/universities.”
The day turned out to be a festive one for students, faculty, and administrators as students held up placards with the name of the schools that they will be attending in the fall. Reginald Trimble started attending Compton Early College High School in the ninth grade after moving from Orange County with his father.
Four years after that transition, Trimble is now on his way to Cornell College in Iowa where he hopes to major in business and/or accounting and finance. Trimble said there was a lot of jubilation in the family household once he received his acceptance letter from Cornell.
“My father was really excited,” Trimble said. “He was really proud of me and all the work I had been doing ever since I started my ninth-grade year.”
With all the hard he put into his books paying off, Trimble is looking forward to his future pathway.
“It’s just a new beginning,” Trimble said. “I started my ninth-grade year. Going to this school is very helpful because after my tenth-grade year, I had about 20 or 30 emails from different school that wanted me. That’s like a very big deal. I just love the fact that we take both high school and college courses to better ourselves and to earn our associate of arts degrees afterwards.”
For a while, Brittney Wyatt didn’t know whether she was coming or going when it came to getting it right in the classroom. There were setbacks and challenges that made Wyatt think she would not be able to succeed.
But thanks to the support of her parents and help she received from her teachers, Wyatt overcame the obstacles that nearly derailed her college path. Now she is on her way to attending Wiley College, a historically black college in the state of Texas.
“It was difficult. It was really a rollercoaster,” Wyatt said. “I came with the expectations that I was going to do well, that I was going to pass everything. But coming from the eighth grade and not having all of these classes…like we started college classes in the ninth grade. I definitely struggled. I was playing more than I was studying. The teachers took a lot of time with me. They tutored me after school. I would come early. The teachers were always there. It was really a rollercoaster. But thanks to my teachers because they really helped me out. If I did this on my own, I would not make it.”