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SYSK: Student graduates from both high school and college

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DUNKERTON (KWWL) -

Getting books from her locker, answering questions in class, Danica DeLong appears to be a normal high school senior.

But Danica is a super student. She went to high school and college at the same time!

"I knew my school had this opportunity, and I knew it would give me a chance to get ahead," said Danica DeLong.

Dunkerton High School students don't have to pay for any courses taken during the school year at Hawkeye Community College in Waterloo.

Danica started taking college classes for general education during the second semester of her freshman year.

"I just knew it would save me a lot of money number one. Number two it would save me a lot of time since I'm planning to go to med school, which is a really long process," said DeLong.

You heard right, med school. She plans to start at the University of Iowa in the fall studying pre-med and psychology.

"I've definitely been overloaded, but I mean I know it's worth it so that's what I use to remind myself in the end it'll all be worth it," she said.

Danica DeLong actually graduated from Hawkeye Community College before high school.

Hawkeye's ceremony was May 13th in Cedar Falls and Dunkerton's graduation was May 22nd.

"I think it's awesome. It's a great opportunity, and I'm really happy I was able to do that," said the double graduate.

Danica said even though she had a lot more homework than her fellow students... she'd do it all over again.

"I would just encourage people to take this opportunity if they have it. Does help and this has prepared me a lot. I'm a lot better off for next year than I would have been if I hadn't done this," said DeLong

Danica plans to give herself a break from classes this summer. She'll play softball for Dunkerton and work before going to college in the fall.

Reporter: Danielle Wagner

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