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Pocahontas teen graduates college one week before high school graduation

Alaina shows off her PHS cap and gown while wearing her BRTC cap and gown Alaina shows off her PHS cap and gown while wearing her BRTC cap and gown
POCAHONTAS, AR (KAIT) -

In the next couple of weeks, thousands of Region 8 high school students will be graduating. But as far as we know, there's only one that will be doing it twice.

Thursday night at Black River Technical College, 42 graduates waited to walk across the stage and start the next chapter of their lives. Among them was Pocahontas teen Alaina Sharp.

Unlike most of her peers in their caps and gowns, Sharp's milestone comes a bit out of order.

"This is my gown for PHS," Sharp said as she showed off the white cap and gown.

Sharp was able to graduate from college before graduating high school.

Thursday, Sharp donned her blue cap and gown for BRTC. In a week, she'll be able to wear her white one at Pocahontas High School's commencement ceremony..

"It takes a lot of work," Sharp said. "A lot of work and a lot of dedication, especially when you work a part time job."

Sharp has been taking Advanced Placement and concurrent credit classes through BRTC since her junior year of high school.

"At the beginning of my senior year, I realized how many credits I had and so I was like, I'm gonna graduate!" Sharp said.

Her parents Steve and Holly Sharp told Region 8 News they're proud of the work their daughter has accomplished.

"I worried that it was too much for her but she proved me wrong and she has done it," Steve Sharp said.

As for others, regardless of their situation, Sharp encourages determination.

"Don't be afraid to challenge yourself," Sharp said. "Don't take the easy way out because it's not worth it."

Sharp will graduate from Pocahontas High School May 15.

Though her college commencement ceremony did take place before her high school graduation, Alaina will officially receive her college diploma after her high school graduation.

Since some of her classes are concurrent courses and the grades will be finalized at PHS graduation.

Sharp told Region 8 News she plans to attend Arkansas Tech and double major in engineering and chemistry and minor in math.

After that, she hopes to obtain her masters degree and become a chemical engineer.

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