OUTSTANDING SENIORS: Seth Costner and Kirby Widener
Gaston Early College High School’s top two graduates have a head start on their classmates as they begin college this fall. Having already earned an associate degree through the high school’s partnership with Gaston College, they will be able to earn their bachelor’s degree after just two years.
Valedictorian Seth Costner is headed to UNC-Charlotte where he is interested in studying computer science or education.
Costner has been a student leader as a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Council. At the Early College, he was a member of the Beta Club, recipient of the Civitan Award, business manager for the school yearbook and a volunteer for numerous organizations. He was also recognized by The Gaston Gazette’s “Best and Brightest” and Star Student programs.
Salutatorian Kirby Widener has been accepted to the Honors Program at Gardner-Webb University where she also received the Presidential Scholarship, a $13,000 per year award.
Widener, who plans to major in political science, has been a leader and outstanding student at the Early College. As editor-in-chief of the school yearbook, she provided leadership to produce a national award-winning publication. The Early College was one of only 19 schools in North Carolina to receive the 2014 Jostens National Yearbook of Excellence Award, thanks to the efforts of Widener and her classmates on the yearbook staff.
Congratulations, Seth Costner and Kirby Widener -- outstanding seniors in the Gaston County Schools Class of 2015!