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STUDENT SPOTLIGHT: Meoshi Dargan

Image of Meoshi Dargan in a graduation cap and gown.“Classes come to life at Sandhills Community College,” said Meoshi Dargan. Meoshi was a student at SandHoke Early College High School and received not only her high school diploma this year but also graduated from Sandhills with an Associate in Arts degree.

SandHoke is a partnership between the Hoke County School System and Sandhills. The program begins when students are in ninth grade (application is in eighth grade). After the five-year plan of study, graduates receive a high school diploma from Hoke County Schools and an Associate in Arts or Associate in Science degree from Sandhills.

SandHoke students take classes at the Sandhills Hoke Center for grades nine through eleven and come to the Pinehurst campus to finish out the program.

“Sandhills is a diverse place to study,” she said. “I’ve had the joy of having peers older and younger, as well as all different races and backgrounds. Sandhills is purposeful in offering events that bring people together.”

Meoshi’s favorite Student Life event was Fright Fest, held last autumn and organized by the Student Government Association. Students enjoyed an escape room, costume contest, a photo booth, and many more activities.

While at the College, Meoshi joined the college’s Gay-Straight-Trans*-Alliance organization, enjoyed working out in the Russell Fitness Center, and strolls through the Horticultural Gardens, one of her favorite places on campus.

Speaking of favorites at Sandhills, Associate Professor Glenda Pope is another. “I had Professor Pope for two classes,” she said, “and I enjoyed them both. Unfortunately, I was not able to be in her class face-to-face for the entire semester due to the COVID-19 quarantine, but she made our online class times come to life. I learned so much from her, and she has always been a resourceful teacher.”

“Meoshi is one of the most dedicated students I have had the joy of teaching,” said Pope. “She is engaged and enthusiastic, and often gets her family involved by sharing what she is learning in class and discussing it with them. She is also kind, courteous, and helpful to her classmates and professors. Meoshi is one of those students who an instructor hopes will keep in contact for years to come. I have every confidence that she will represent Sandhills well when she transitions to North Carolina Central University.”

“I hate that my journey at Sandhills has come to an end, but it will always be a part of me,” Meoshi said. Her ensuing goal is to attend law school and become a criminal justice lawyer.

Sandhoke Early College High School

SandHoke is innovative in its approach, creating a more personalized learning environment with classes averaging 20 or fewer students. The focus is to develop academic behaviors and skills for a maximum learning experience. All courses and textbooks are free, and students are transported to the Pinehurst campus by the Hoke County Schools. Even though it is a five-year program, many students can complete it in four to four and a half years.

Learn more about SandHoke at: https://www.sandhills.edu/sandhoke-early-college-high-school-2/

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