DCHS Senior On Track to Earn A College Degree Before Her High School Diploma

April 20, 2021
By: Dwayne Page

Almost every year at least one senior at DCHS completes the credits necessary to earn an associate’s degree from Motlow State Community College just as he or she is finishing up high school studies in preparation for graduation.

Such is the case this year for Keri Winchester, member of the DCHS Class of 2021 who has been working for the last two years toward an Associates of Science degree from Motlow State Community College. Normally Winchester would be walking the line in a Motlow commencement ceremony but this year’s event will be virtual on May 9, five days before her high school graduation on May 14.

In fact, Winchester herself has been a remote learning student this year as she told WJLE Monday.

“Since a lot of my college classes count for high school classes I just chose to stay remote this year. I have been able to see my friends outside of school but its been a little weird not being able to be in school sitting there with them,” said Winchester.

Through Motlow College’s dual enrollment program, high school students like Winchester can earn college credits while still enrolled in high school. Students can take classes on a Motlow College campus, online, or even at a partner high school like DCHS.

After she earns her Associates degree, Winchester will further her education at Tennessee Tech where she plans to obtain a degree in nursing.

During her high school years, Winchester has participated in such organizations as HOSA, BETA, FBLA, and Science Clubs along with the Climate Crew. She has also been a member of the DCHS ACT 21+ club.

Winchester is the daughter of Jason and Jennifer Winchester.