Gull Lake teen graduates with two college degrees before finishing high school
GULL LAKE, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - A West Michigan teen is turning heads by graduating from college two years before she will receive her high school diploma.
By most accounts, Noel Ramos is your typical high school student. She's planning out her junior year in high school right now but also planning her community college graduation on Thursday.
"I was just taking college classes the first semester. Like I didn't plan on graduating at all," said Ramos, a sophomore at Gull Lake High School.
At 13 years old, as freshmen, she began dual enrollment; taking a few classes at KCC and from there it just took off.
"Then my mom started looking into and she was like wait a second you like taking these classes you might as well just like get your degree. I'm like oh my goodness that's such a good idea," said Ramos.
Now at 15 she has not one, but 2 associate's degrees, 2 years before she plans to leave Gull Lake High School with the class of 2018.
"The first one is general studies and then we were looking at the other degree programs and we found out that to get your art degree it's only a couple of extra classes. And I like art, I'm not going into the art field but I like art, so I was like oh yeah might as well get that too," said Ramos.
It's a feat that's really impressed her high school guidance counselors.
"I just really struck me that she likes learning and exploring new opportunities. And it was very impressive that a 9th grader would be taking dual enrolled classes and earning an associate's degree," said Gull Lake counselor Jodee Stanton.
This fall, as a Junior in high school, Noel plans to take it easier, signing up for Model UN and a few more college classes.
"I might go to Western, I might go take another class at KCC," said Noel.
Her counselors hope she will enjoy her remaining years here before moving on to bigger things.
"She's accomplished so much in 9th and 10th grade and now it's just enjoying the ride for junior and senior year," said Stanton.
Noel is slowing down on the college classes right now, mostly because she can't get any financial aid to get her bachelor's degree because she doesn't have a high school diploma yet.
She plans to major in counseling and wants to go on to become a school psychologist.