Crothersville graduate ready for new opportunities


Some big changes are going to take place this week for many students throughout Jackson County.

That’s certainly true for 18-year-old Karmyn Williams, who will graduate from Crothersville High School on Friday evening.

The Crothersville teen has attended the school for her entire education.

Growing up in a smaller community and attending school where everyone knows each other has been a great experience for her.

“I’m glad I’ve gotten to grow up with the same people and the same friends all throughout school,” she said. “I know everyone, and everyone knows me.”

Williams said the teachers at the school also are very approachable and are there for their students no matter what they might need.

“If you ever have a problem, you can go to them and they know you,” she said. “They’re always willing to help you with anything. That’s how all the teachers are here.”

Smaller classes also gave her the opportunity for more one-on-one instruction.

Williams said she enjoyed dancing the last three years at Diamond Dance Centre in Scottsburg, which has given her a good outlet.

While she will miss her community, Williams is excited for the opportunity that awaits her in the fall.

She plans to study writing at Georgia Gwinnett College.

The campus is about 30 miles northeast of downtown Atlanta.

Going from a smaller community like Crothersville to an area so close to a place like Atlanta could provide her with a different outlook.

“I think it’s great to get those opportunities,” she said. “Growing up in a smaller town, there’s not as much for me to do, but I think going to a larger place is going to let me grow. I have my roots though.”

Williams said she would like to be a journalist or write books after graduating from the school.

“It would be cool to both,” she said.

Considering those opportunities is exciting, but Williams feels anxious about leaving what she has known all her life.

“I’m nervous because I don’t know what I’m going to do, but excited because I’ve got a new opportunity,” she said.

Attending Crothersville also put her further ahead than many students, she said, because she was able to attain an associates degree in general studies from Ivy Tech Community College while attending high school.

“I feel ahead of the game in the sense that I can go to college for two years and won’t have to pay for a full four years,” she said. “It’s really exciting and I’m glad we have that opportunity.”

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If you go

What: Crothersville High School 2019 Commencement

When: 8 p.m. Friday, May 24

Where: 201 South Preston Street, Crothersville

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The Karmyn Williams File

Name: Karmyn Williams

Age: 18

Hometown: Crothersville

Residence: Crothersville

School: Crothersville High School

Activities: Dance

Future plans: Study writing at Georgia Gwinnett College

Family: Parents, April Williams, John Paul Williams; brother, Keyan Fish