Senior to graduate with diploma, associate’s degree – News – The Carthage Press

This May, a Carthage High School senior will be walking with not only her high school diploma, but her associate’s degree as well.

This May, a Carthage High School senior will be walking with not only her high school diploma, but her associate’s degree as well.
Sydney Stiles, 18, is a planner. Through her entire high school career, she has kept her focus on the future and she says she’s excited for the next chapter of her “over-the-top” life.
“I get that high school is crazy, but this shows how different I am,” she said with a laugh. “I may not be at the top of my class, but this puts Carthage High School somewhere above where it was. I thought it was awesome our school offered this, and yes, it was a lot of work but it’s going to be worth it.”
Through the Upward Bound program, dual credit courses and online classes through Crowder College, Missouri Southern State University and Ozark Technical College, Stiles is obtaining her general studies degree this May. The senior says now the plan is pursue her secondary education degree in speech/debate, minor in language arts and then a master’s at the age of 22.
“Sydney is not the first or the only student of our’s to pursue the associate’s degree through Crowder, but as long as she gets everything done this semester, she will be our first to finish,” said Matt Huntley, principal of CHS. “Carthage High School is proud of her. She’s had to make sacrifices to accomplish this feat. It’s…

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