A major accomplishment for students is to walk the stage after four long years of hard work in classes that don't seem to have any relevancy in life. But for two Alice High School students they finished their high school career in three years.
Seventeen-year-old's Araceli Arredondo and Julie Meyers will walk the stage on Friday night dressed in their burnt orange cap and gowns to receive their diplomas.
Arredondo is the daughter of Guadalupe and Silda Arredondo. Araceli credits them for the courage to reach the goals she sets for herself.
Meyers, the daughter of Dennis and Jodie Meyers, thanks her parents for standing behind her decisions.
“At the end of our sophomore year we decided that with hard work and self-motivation we could graduate school a year early to begin the next stage of our lives,” Julie said. "We had to keep ourselves motivated if we wanted this."
Araceli will begin her college career at Coastal Bend College of Alice in the Fall to become a Registered Nurse. She has always found nursing interesting.
“I want to help care for people,” she said. “I know everyday will be different.”
Julie plans to attend Brightwood College in Corpus Christi. She wants to be a dental assistant and work her way up to a dental hygienist.
“I can't wait to graduate and start my life,” Julie said. “I plan to move out of my parent's and be independent.”
Araceli participated in cheerleading and softball. Julie was in cheerleading, track and FFA.
Both girls will miss the atmosphere of the school and the people they have grown up with.