Joplin H.S. Senior Already Has College Degree


JOPLIN, Mo. — Most of us take four years to finish college and get a degree. Depending on some factors,  it might take some people five years.

But one high school senior in Joplin graduates this month and already has a college degree in hand.

Not many people use their high school books and their college books at the same time, unless you’re a student in Joplin at College Heights.

Carmen Creswell is only 18 but she’s wise beyond her years and believes in multi-tasking. This month she will not only get her high school diploma from College Heights Christian School, but also an associates degree from Crowder College.

“Well, the way the graduations work out. Crowder’s graduation is on the 14th and College heights is on the 15th. So I’ll be coming to my high school graduation with a college degree,” Carmen explains.

And her hard work has paid off. Since she was a high school sophomore, she took college classes online and at Crowder College. Seven hours a day was spend on high school, four a day was spend on college.

“(It’s)…kind of been my life for the past two years and I’m kind of used to it by now.”

So why was she in such a hurry?
 “Because it seemed like a really good opportunity and it’s less expensive and just a good way to get a head start on college.”

John Blankenship is one of her teachers and he says her dedication is amazing.
“Yeah it’s off the charts in fact. She’s done a great job. Again, speaks volumes of her work ethic, her discipline her intellectual capacity.”

But with pulling an 11 hour day five days a week she had to give up something.
“Social stuff, I’m not like socially stunted or anything but I definitely don’t do as much going out.”

She wants to go into computer programming and she says her hard work will put her ahead of her competition.
“Enter the workforce faster because it’s really competitive in a computer degree”
“I think she has a very bright future,” Blankenship says.

And she’s not done running yet,  She hopes to get her bachelors degree by age 20. Carmen plans to attend Missouri State University in Springfield in the fall.

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