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14-year-old African American girl graduates US high school and university, set to become a Nurse

A brilliant 14-year-old girl named Keniah Washington has graduated from both High School and University at the same time after an incredible run of both her Diploma program and associates degree simultaneously.

Keniah earned an Associate Degree in Liberal Arts at Saint Leo University Florida in the United States. She was able to graduate from college so quickly because she was dual enrolled in high school and Icon Preparatory college.

At Icon preparatory college, Keniah earned over 50 college credit hours and a 3.50 grade point average .

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Icon Preparatory School (Icon Prep) is a K-6th grade private school that is committed to closing the achievement gap and providing a college preparatory education to all of its students. With a belief that all students can learn and achieve at high levels,

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Aside from being an excellent student, Keniah also serves as an inspiration to her classmates. She often goes out and speaks to her peers about the importance of staying focused on their school work.

“I think hard work definitely pays off in whatever you put your mind to you can definitely accomplish and finish,” she said.

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Keniah said she tested out of middle school and completed all her high school classes online. Because of her preparations for her college tests, she missed her high school homecoming dance and did not go to the prom.


“It was a lot of hard work and staying up late to study. Just submitting all my assignments and making sure I was getting good grades on all of my assignments,” Keniah said. “It doesn’t really matter to me anymore. It did at first, but now I don’t really care about it anymore. It was worth it. Because now I’m finished early,” she added.

Keniah’s mother, Thomesha Hawkins, said her daughter’s achievement left her speechless adding that she is very proud of her.

I really don’t have a word to describe the level of, pride I have for her, but I’m extremely proud of her. It’s not something that’s, you know, done often. So it is just amazing to me,” Thomesha said.

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Keniah stated that she is very proud of her achievements as it is a testament to the sacrifice and hard work she put into them.

“I’m very proud of myself because I know it was a lot of work that I had to finish and do. And this is a lot of late nights that I had to sacrifice to finish this. And so I’m very happy to be graduating in May,” she said.

Keniah mentioned that she will be proceeding to Nursing school later in the year as she would like to be a Neonatal intensive care unit (NICU) doctor for premature babies.

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