College Before High School

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Fifteen days before accepting her high school diploma, Rhegan Humphrey walked across the stage at North Idaho College and received a college degree.

The St. Maries senior had been working toward the associate’s degree since her sophomore year of high school.

Rhegan Humphrey graduated from North Idaho College with her associate's degree 15 days before receiving her high school diploma from St. Maries High School.

Rhegan Humphrey graduated from North Idaho College with her associate’s degree 15 days before receiving her high school diploma from St. Maries High School.

“It was really rewarding because this is something I had been planning for awhile,” Rhegan said. “It was a pretty new program when I started and I was pretty excited it all worked out and I was able to achieve my goal.”

Rhegan earned 65 college credits to obtain the associate’s degree all while working toward the high school diploma as well.

“I enjoy challenges and wanted to challenge myself,” Rhegan said. “I also enjoy learning.”

While some of the college credits counted toward the 49 credits required to graduate high school not all did. Rhegan admitted it took “a lot of hard work, time and dedication” and “a lot of planning” to achieve what she wanted as a dual-enrollment student.

“I definitely think this is something for students to consider,” she said. “It can give you a definite head start in your education.”

With her general classes finished, Rhegan expects to be able to immediately begin classes related to her field of study when she transfers to Lewis Clark State College to study pre-med.

“It is hard to say how long I will be there because I don’t know how it will map out yet,” she added. “But I don’t think I will be there a full four years.”

Rhegan thanked several of her teachers and advisors at St. Maries High School for supporting her and helping her to succeed including Merri Jo Gilmore, Ashley Tate, Megan Sindt, Jim Broyles, Kippy Silflow, Loy Felix and Kathy Kahn. She also thanked her family for their support.

“I hope this opens up the opportunity for others students from St. Maries to be able to this program as well,” Rhegan added.

Rhegan is the daughter of Darcy and Dale Humphrey of St. Maries.

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