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14-Year-Old Black Girl From Ohio Makes History By Receiving Her 3rd College Degree

Anita Bennett, a 14-year-old girl from Northeast Ohio, has made history by receiving her third associate degree before even finishing high school.

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Bennett recently finished her studies at Cuyahoga Community College, when other teens her age are completing their freshman year of high school.


Bennett received a well-deserved standing ovation from her peers as she was handed an Associate of Science degree and two short-term certificates during the 2023 commencement event. She completed the degrees in 10 months and graduated with honors.


Anita’s incredible journey began three years ago when she enrolled at the institution as a College Credit Plus (CCP) student. She was able to take college-level classes while still in high school thanks to the CCP program. She accomplished the remarkable accomplishment of receiving three degrees before the end of her freshman year of high school.


“This is what excellence looks like,” said Michael Baston, the president of Cuyahoga Community College, according to Cleveland 19 News.


“Tri-C gave me a huge head start on my career, and this will make my life so much more fulfilling,” Anita said. “I will be able to start my career as an early childhood administrator at age 18.”


Looking ahead to her future education, Anita already set her sights on attending either Cleveland State University or Notre Dame College in the coming fall semester.

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