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Student Graduates from PVCC Before Graduating High School

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For many, graduation night at Piedmont Virginia Community College was a rite of passage - and for some it was a dream come true.

The John Paul Jones Arena was filled with graduates and their family and friends cheering them on. One student stood out from the rest because she was the youngest to take the stage.

Most people do things in this order: finish high school, go to college, and maybe go back for a master's. But Bailey McManaway is switching things up. She graduated Friday from PVCC with an associate degree, but she hasn't even graduated from high school yet.

"It feels great, especially the time-saving part. I don't have to go to school for that long," McManaway said.

The Monticello High School student walked the stage with more than 600 graduates Friday night - PVCC's biggest ceremony to date, and a proud moment for her and her family.

"I'm thrilled. I'm excited for her. She's got like a jump start on her next steps in life," said Kelli Magan, McManaway's mother.

Through a number of dual enrollment classes, the high school senior was able to earn her associate degree, saving her a lot of time and money. She and her family hope others take advantage of the courses PVCC offers.

"It's not as scary as it seems. I know as a junior going into college it's really intimidating but there are a lot of other high school students as well," McManaway said.

"If you're going to go the college route anyway, this is definitely the route that you should take," Magan said.

And next month it's round two when she walks the stage at Monticello High School. McManaway – one of two high school students to graduate Friday night – says she plans to take a year off to figure out what she wants to study. 

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