Mountain Pine High School seniors Jessica Gobel and Alina Hendrix and Lakeside High School senior Jordan Lyle graduated from high school while earning their associate degrees from National Park College.
All three students attended the NPC through concurrent credit offerings at their high school, allowing them to gain the college experience and start their high school education.
“It’s so amazing because not only am I graduating so early, but I’m also the first member of my immediate family to graduate from college,” Hendrix said. “It’s like a victory for my whole family.”
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“I felt the same excitement when I graduated from high school,” Lyle said.
“The environment at NPC was great and I was able to learn a lot,” Gobel said in a press release. “It gave me the ability to really understand what path I wanted to take for my future.”
According to the statement, Gobel became interested in the medical laboratory technician program and hopes to use her degree to not only serve her community, but also to fulfill her passion for helping others.
Hendrix said she decided to go this route because she studied hard in school, noting that older people sometimes hardly work during their senior year.
“I might as well finish my senior year, go ahead and graduate. That way, I’m one step ahead of everyone, once I start there. college and got my bachelor’s degree,” she said.
Lyle said he was able to earn his high school diploma and associate’s degree at the same time because Lakeside offers the Legacy Program where students can take college courses while still in high school.
“I was able to have the same high school experience as everyone else. Having lunch with my friends and taking classes online through National Park College,” he said.
Lyle credits his success to his counselors at Lakeside and Connie Poteet, High School Concurrent Coordinator/NPC Concurrent Enrollment Coordinator.
“They helped me organize what I was going to do and how I was going to get this associate degree. I also want to thank the teachers at National Park and Lakeside as they were all very helpful in my majors,” Lyle said. .
Education is important because it gives you a better chance of getting a job, he said.
Hendrix decided to get into media and broadcasting because she wants to be a radio or TV host, she said.
“I like to talk and I like to leave an impression on other people. So coming into this career, I want to go out and shine a positive light on other people’s lives and let them know the things they need to know. There there’s so much fake news in our world today,” Hendrix said, noting that she chose Arkansas State University at Jonesboro because it has a good media and broadcast program.
“Not only is it in a place where there are a lot of job opportunities, but it’s also close to Memphis, Tennessee, which is known for its radio and broadcasting,” Hendrix said.
For any student who wants to follow the same path she did, Hendrix said her advice is to never believe they’re not smart enough or can’t do it.
“All it takes is hard work and a bit of effort and it not only puts you in front of everyone else, but it also gives you a sense of accomplishment and achievement,” he said. she declared.
Lyle chose the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville to earn his bachelor’s degree in computer science.
Lyle said his advice to students wanting to get a college degree while still in high school is to talk to their counselors, see what they need to take and what they need to do to achieve their goal.
“I really enjoyed my experience at Lakeside, and I’m really glad I got to go to this school because this school offers so many opportunities for students than most other schools I’ve attended,” said- he declared.
Alina Hendrix, a student at Mountain Pine High School. – Photo submitted
Jordan Lyle, a senior at Lakeside High School. – Photo submitted