Walker Brittain CFNN Reporter

It seems like every year more and more people are graduating early.

As these third year students walk across the stage in May, leaving their classmates behind by a year and missing their true senior year, some might ask, “Why rush high school?”

While there may be several reasons a person decides to put on the cap and gown a year ahead of schedule, there is no set time for when a student may decide to graduate early.

Some have planned for their entire high school careers to graduate ahead of time, preparing their entire schedules in order to complete high school in less than four years.

“I decided to graduate early the summer between eighth grade and ninth grade, “ said Jadyn Terry, a student graduating in 2020 instead of 2021 with those her age.  “I had to change my schedule. For example, I didn’t take any combo classes in order to get more credits so I could finish up my electives and not be forced to take classes over the summer or have a fifth period.”

Some don’t decide until the summer before what should be their junior year with others even deciding to make the switch during their junior year.

“I decided I was going to graduate early over the summer,” said Cameron Milroy.

“I decided to graduate early in October,” said Ashley Doub, who plans to attend East Carolina University in the Fall of 2020.

Each “senior” had their own unique reasons for graduating early.

“I want to go into the medical field so I wanted to shorten my school time as much as possible so I could be younger when I graduate from medical school,” said Terry, who plans to attend Augusta University in Georgia beginning in the Fall of 2020.

“If I decided to remain a junior then I still wouldn’t have any classes at Cape Fear because they would all be at FTTC,” said Doub. “FTTC classes are free as long as you are enrolled as a high school student but I felt really stuck at Cape Fear, and I wanted to just get away. Most of my friends are going to be graduating this May so that played a role as well.”

“I really wanted to get out of high school so I answered the call of duty and joined the Air Force,” said Milroy.

It may seem weird to some to leave classmates that you’ve had classes with since kindergarten, but these seniors are making the transition and not looking back.

“Honestly nothing has changed with being a senior, but I have noticed more and more people copying the trend that I set,” said Terry, placing herself as the head of a wave of students taking the plunge to leave school early.

Being a senior brings with it the hardships that come from realizing that your days at Cape Fear are winding down, especially the tendency to ease up a little as you approach the end of your  high school career.

“Being senior really just feels the same although I do think I have senioritis because I have been slacking off on a couple of things,” said Doub.

Milroy agreed, adding that he has felt a little sad that he will be leaving Cape Fear behind sooner, but he did acknowledge that being a senior does have its perks.

“I really enjoy being able to sit in the senior room during lunch,” said Milroy. “Overall through being a senior feels the same, but just with more depression. I’ll tell you another thing–senioritis hit as soon as I stepped on campus in August.”

However, he did offer words of encouragement for his fellow seniors.

“In closing, seniors, hang in there; we are almost done,” said Milroy.