The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People Wilmington Branch recently recognized the Delaware State University Early College High School with its Martha Evans Excellence in Education Award.

Evelyn Edney, director of the Early College High School, accepted the award during that NAACP branch’s Nov. 12 Freedom Fund Awards Banquet in Wilmington.

The NAACP branch recognized the ECHS for its high school program that prepares its students for college and gives them the tuition-saving opportunity to earn as many as 60 college credit hours while completing their high school education.

In attendance to celebrate those honored were DSU President Harry L. Williams, ECHS Board President Marsha Horton, Sen. Chris Coons, Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester and Gov. John Carney.

The ECHS is in its fourth year, currently a high school — freshman through senior year — of 450 students, which include 70 students that comprise the 12th grade who will be the school’s first-ever graduating class in 2018.

ECHS classes are held on the DSU main campus and in the university’s Living and Learning Commons facility on North Dupont Highway, north of the campus.