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Teen To Get College Degree And High School Diploma At The Same Damn Time

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Teen To Get College Degree And High School Diploma At The Same Damn Time

Indiana native Raven Osborne is just 18 years old, but she’s already about to be a college grad ― sans the financial sorrow.

Not only will Osborne be receiving her high school diploma in a few weeks, she’ll also be getting her bachelor’s degree in sociology Friday.

But how, Sway?

Raven’s high school, 21st Century Charter in Gary, Indiana, requires all of its students to take college courses, usually consisting of just a few credits, before they graduate.

But Osborne, who said she was “labeled” with a learning disability and once told by a teacher that she’d never become successful, decided to take these requirements further and shoot for a full-fledged degree.

“My mother always told me I could do whatever I wanted to do in life,” she told the Northwest Indiana Post-Tribune last year.

“Sophomore [year], that was the most…

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