Student Graduates from PVCC Before Graduating High School
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,"
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,"
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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