Teen graduates college before high school

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Alesh Diman graduated with an Associate's Degree days before her high school graduation.

Alesh Diman graduated with an Associate’s Degree days before her high school graduation.

Independence, MO (KCTV) — Thousands of metro high schoolers will walk across the graduation stage in the next few weeks, but a few dozen of them will do it twice.

William Chrisman High School seniors like Alesha Diman can’t wait for summer break and the thought of heading to college has many counting down the days.

But, unlike most seniors, Diman’s college classes have already begun.

“My favorite one (school subject) would be philosophy,” she said.

Diman has been enrolled at Metropolitan Community College for two years and has completed enough credits to earn her associate’s degree.

Thursday night she walked across the stage.

“I thought it was a really good idea and that it would get me ahead in life so I decided I would do it,” Diman said.

She said dedication and time management were key. She also thanks great teachers, like Sarah Nelson, who she had for AP Lit.

“With her work ethic, she can do whatever she wants to,” Nelson said.

There’s another teacher in Diman’s life that also deserves a lot of credit for her success, even if she doesn’t have him for class.

“I teach machine tool technology,” Billy Diman said. “It is kind of nice to have your child at the same school.”

Billy Diman is one proud dad.

“It makes me feel great,” he said. “She kept pushing through and said she was going to get it done.”

After she’s walked across both stages, it’s on to biomedical engineering at the University of Arkansas.

“I could create something that would help blood pump through the heart easier so there’s less of a chance to get heart disease, so I’m really excited,” Alesha Diman said.

MCC has 61 students spread across the metro that will earn both a high school and associate’s degree this spring.

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