Gainesville student graduates from college before high school

GAINESVILLE, TX-- Kylie Woodlock has just started writing her valedictorian speech for next weeks Gainesville High School Graduation. But this isn't Woodlock's first graduation this spring.

"I graduated Summa Cum Laude from North Central Texas College before I even graduated high school."

NCTC's, Assistant to the President, Rodger Boyce, said he has never seen anyone graduate college, before high school.

"Kylie, happens to be the first one that we know of. The other night when we had our college commencement ceremony, she actually earned an associate's degree from NCTC, before she got her high school diploma."

On top of graduating with a 4.0 from college, she is graduating at the top of her high school class.

Even with a busy schedule, including cheerleading, theater and being class vice president, Woodlock has been taking duel credit since she was a sophomore in high school.

"Qualified juniors and seniors can take college credit courses, while they are still in high school. And they get duel credit, both high school credit and college credit," Boyce explained.

She could have graduated high school after her junior year, but didn't want to miss out on the memories.

"I'm very glad that I stayed, I loved my senior year. I have some awesome friends and it's good to be here with them, instead of in Austin, or wherever I'm going to be."

She is headed to the University of Texas in the fall and already has her first year paid for by scholarships.

Even though Woodlock stayed involved throughout her high school career, we asked her if it worth sacrificing Saturday nights with friends to write an 8 page paper.

"It's worth it. It's not for everybody, but it's definitely worth it, knowing that I have two years done. So it's financially, it's going to help my family out so it's going to be really good."


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