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A Gary, IN teen has proven that hard work really does pay off.  18-year-old high school student Raven Osborne is about to graduate from college before even receiving her high school diploma.  Osborne graduates from college on May 5th, and doesn’t graduate high school until May 22nd.

Wait, how is that even possible?  Osborne currently attends the 21st Century Charter High School in Gary, where all students are required to enroll and take college courses on a college campus before receiving their diploma.

Most students graduate high school with only a few college credits, but Osborne earned all the credits necessary to get her diploma.  She did this by taking year- round courses at a community college, online courses, and she also completed two years at Purdue University Northwest.  During her Sophomore year, Osborne says she was taking four college classes on top of her five high school classes.

The 21st Century Charter school uses state funding to help pay for their student’s tuition and transportation to college.  Osborne didn’t even have to pay anything for her degree.

While most high school graduates are headed off to college this coming fall, Osborne will start her career as a teacher.  She will be teaching at the very high school she graduated from, earning a salary of $38,000 a year.  Congratulations and best of luck to you, Raven!  Read more on the story here.

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