Three high school students from Wayne County were among the nearly 350 graduating recently from N.C. School of Science and Mathematics.

They represented 74 counties in the state in the Class of 2019 at the residential school located in Durham.

Students with increased abilities in math and science began their high school studies at the local level, before being eligible to apply to the public high school. Those accepted lived on campus in dormitories during their junior and senior years, taking high-level courses in STEM, or science, technology, engineering and math, as well as humanities.

Private, philanthropic donations made the school tuition-free for students, with room, board and books also at no cost.

Those recently completing their education at the school from Wayne County, and their base school, included Daija Avia Holliday from Eastern Wayne High School, Helen Carolina Tran of Charles B. Aycock High School and Michelle Tung of Wayne Early/Middle College High School.

This year marked the 38th graduating class. In addition to the residential option, the school also offers opportunities to high-potential students from an online program wherein students remain at their home high schools through graduation by utilizing the internet and interactive video-conferencing program.

The school is currently building a second residential campus in Morganton, with its opening planned in 2021. The school will allow an additional 300 students to attend.