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Wilson Early College Earns Another "A"
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Thursday, September 14, 2017
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We continue to celebrate the hard work of students and staff at Wilson Early College Academy (WECA) for earning the letter grade of an "A" based on the state's formula for grading schools. The 2016-2017 school year is the fourth straight year that WECA has earned an "A." 
 
Drew Wilson, a reporter with the Wilson Times, spent time at WECA on Sept. 14 talking to students and staff about why they think WECA has been so successful. The responses included being an early college where students can graduate with both a diploma and a two-year degree, small class sizes and dedicated teachers. But the most resonating reason that was shared over and over again was the family atmosphere and culture. WECA is like a home to its 310 students, 12 teachers, support staff and principal.
 
"We are all diverse people, and we do not have the same opinions," said Freshmen Jonathan Bissette. "But that's a good thing. We learn from each other. We are a big family where we all know each other, and we all get along." Proof: after Jonathan finished being interviewed by the reporter in front of his entire class, everyone clapped!
 
Principal Nelson Johnston was certain the school would maintain its grade, and his goal was to be at 90 percent. He was thrilled when it was announced that WECA was at 93 percent - up from 87 percent the previous year. "Our teachers are incredible," said Johnston. "We also appreciate the wonderful working relationship we have with Wilson Community College for providing our college courses. We are going to continue to work hard year after year."
 
WECA opened during the 2009-2010 school year as the first early college in the district.
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