H54K: 10th grade student excels in high school and early college

H54K: 10th grade student excels in high school and early college

AUGUSTA (WFXG) - Some Richmond County students are getting ready to go to college next year and they’re not even done with high school yet..

It’s all part of the Early College Academy, a partnership between Lucy C. Laney High school and Augusta University, where students take high school classes for two years then they take college courses.

10th grade student and 16-year-old Jaiden Haggerdy is one of the students taking full advantage of the program.

E.J. Sharif, Dean of the Early College Academy at Lucy C Laney High School, said: “Jaden is a natural leader. She’s very charismatic she’s kind of a go to student of mine.”

Jaiden is also on the A/B honor roll and involved in Augusta mini theater, sports, and volunteer work with her school.

“We did under the Bridge ministry where we gave purses with necessities like socks and other things because it was cool outside, and we gave homeless people food,” explained Haggerdy.

One of her proudest accomplishments is making it into the Early College Program. It’s something that took hours of dedication .

“All in hopes that they can get a 1080 or higher on their SATs and a 3.0 GPA in order to get to Augusta University and then that pays off to a level that no other school can offer: 60 credit hours for free,” said Sharif.

“I want to be an OB/GYN and that requires almost 8 years of school and so when I officially start school two of them are already out of the way which means money was saved,” said Haggerdy.

Her focus on her career goals aims her focus in the classroom.

“You have to be serious to really succeed in this program because it’s rigorous,” said Haggerdy. “It might put stress on you. You have to be able to sustain it. If you’re really serious and dedicated and want to go further now I would really recommend going into this program.”

The dean of the program sees a bright future for her.

“Finish out her schooling get into medical school and become very successful and then come back and visit," said Sharif.

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