Ohio student earns college associate’s degree before graduating from high school

TRUMBULL COUNTY, Ohio — A 17-year-old Ohio student is making headlines after she earned her college associate’s degree days before she graduated from high school.

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According to WLWT, Abbie Campana recently graduated from Youngstown State University with an associate’s degree in business administration. The teen, who began taking college courses when she was a sophomore at Lakeview High School, said she started attending Youngstown full time during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the state’s College Credit Plus dual-enrollment program, her college courses doubled as high school credits, WFMJ reported.

Campana completed 80 college credit hours by May, earning her degree with a 4.0 grade-point average, according to the news outlets. Shortly thereafter, she graduated from high school, where she was named valedictorian, WLWT reported.

Officials said Campana is Lakeview Local Schools’ first student to earn an associate’s degree the same year as a high school diploma, according to WLWT.

“I am a student who will always strive to push myself and reach the goals that I have set for myself,” Campana, who heads to Bowling Green State University this fall, told WFMJ.

She plans to study supply chain management and hopes to earn her bachelor’s degree in three semesters, WFMJ reported.

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