FD senior earns associate’s degree

Allix Williamson is graduating from both Fort Dodge Senior High and Iowa Central Community College this month.

The FDSH senior completed college co-credit courses and took further courses year-round to earn both her high school diploma and associate’s degree.

“In fact, she goes to her commencement ceremony at Iowa Central before she does the senior high commencement,” Diane Pratt, FDSH TAG coordinator, said.

Williamson worked hard while at FDSH to earn her associate’s of arts degree in preparation of becoming an English teacher. According to Pratt, this is a rare achievement for a student.

“Alixx is only the third person in the 15 years I’ve been at senior high that I have known that has done this,” Pratt said. “It takes a certain, special individual, someone who is very goal-oriented and organized and hungry for wanting to achieve the goals they’ve set.”

Because she has an associate’s degree, Williamson will only have to attend Wartburg College in Waverly for two years to maintain her degree.

“I will be able to save a lot of money, but I hope to stay there for a full four years to get my master’s degree,” Williamson said.

Achieving this took a lot of hard work, Williamson said.

“It was very difficult, very stressful and there was a lot of work,” she said. “But I think it was worth it.”

By taking “early bird” courses at the senior high for dual credit, Williamson was able to earn credit at Iowa Central. As a student at FDSH, she did not have to pay for these courses.

Pratt said she was proud of her student.

“She set a goal to do this. Somewhere around her sophomore year she saw this was doable,” she said. “It did buy her some more time for college, so she has more options available. If she wants to do international study for a year she has that time. She’s not going to be using up time where she should be out on the job market.”

In additional to being a leader a senior high Williamson is also a cheerleader and involved in various clubs.

“She’s kept herself very, very busy,” Pratt said.

Williamson said it was exciting to be participating in two graduation ceremonies this month.

“I’m very honored to be able to do this for Fort Dodge Senior High,” she said.