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Early college high school grads get jump start on future

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) -- It's not every day a student has her high school diploma and college degree by the age of 18. Alexandra Lyons started Pender Early College High School at the age of 15. The program gives high school students the chance to pursue an associate degree from Cape Fear Community College.

Most students take five years to get their high school diploma and two-year associate degree, but Lyons did it in all in four years. She will turn her tassel with CFCC graduates Friday. She is one of five early college students to complete the program a full year ahead of their peers.

"Six months ago I was really excited, ready to leave home, ready to start on an actual university campus, but more recently, I started realizing how much I am going to miss home, my friends, the security that I've had," Lyons said. "But I'm really excited for the adventure of college."

Lyons will attend Appalachian State in Boone come fall. Although she will be a freshman in the dorms, Lyons will be considered a junior academically.

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