High schooler to graduate with diploma, associate degree

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WMBF) - Sixteen-year-old Samantha Fisher isn't your average high school student; when she graduates she'll have both her diploma and an associates degree.

"It's kind of odd having a 40-year-old person in your classes, but its a new experience," Samantha said.

Samantha, a junior at Brunswick County Early College High School, makes the 40 minute trek from her home to Brunswick Community College where she's been enrolled in the program since her freshman year.

She's a straight A student and competitive in all five of her college courses. "I want to be at the top of my class," she said. "That's my goal, and right now, I'm number six."

The competitive junior hopes to attend Campbell University, NC State or Chapel Hill and become a pharmacist someday.

"I really like chemistry, and I knew I wanted to be in the medical field, but blood and guts gross me out so I thought that was the best job," she said.

In her spare time, Samantha volunteers at Mae Monroe Elementary School helping to teach art. She's also a member of the National Honor Society and on the prom committee. She said her biggest challenge is keeping up with it all.

"You really have to manage your time because if you don't, you're going to have problems," she said.

But with nearly three years experience already underway on a college campus, Samantha will likely do just fine.

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