16-Year-Old to Graduate with Diploma and Degree

At 16 years old, many teenagers are thinking about weekends and summer break. Rebekah Brown is making college plans.

Rebekah will graduate from Duncanville High School in May with both her diploma and an associate degree from Mountain View College.

She spent the last three summers taking college classes allowing her to skip an entire year of high school.

“I’m a studious person,” Rebekah said.  “I’ve just had a busy life. My planner was my best friend. It kept me organized and everything.”

Somehow in that busy schedule, Rebekah found time to play high school tennis, qualify for national competition with Texas Association of Future Educators and to make grades that put her in the top 2 percent of her class.

“My parents both have their masters, so I have a good basis of what I needed to do,” Rebekah said.

Rebekah already has her career path mapped out. She’s following in the footsteps of her mom and older sister who both studied speech pathology.

“I started taking ASL [American Sign Language] my freshman year and I just fell in love with it,” she said.

Rebekah tagged along with her mom when she worked with students. She found her empathy growing for people who struggle with speech impediments.

“A lot of students who have speech impediments are bullied, so I want to be able to change that and change their future,” she said.

Rebekah is planning to attend Texas Woman’s University and one day hopes to become a professor.

While she maps out her future, she is finishing high school and working at a part-time job at a trampoline park where she gets to use her sign language skills to assist deaf clients as they come to play.

“It feels amazing,” Rebekah said. “I love impacting people’s lives.”