Seniors Earn Associate Degrees, Forge Path for DHS Collegiate Academy Students
Remy Simpson and Christopher Hall will graduate from college before they walk the stage at Duncanville High School’s commencement. Both have earned an Associate of Science degree from Mountainview College during their years at DHS.
They’re believed to be the first at Duncanville ISD to do both, but they will soon be followed by many more when the district’s Collegiate Academy opens in the fall of 2017.
Remy saw the value of making the most of the college courses offered by the partnership between Duncanville High School and Mountainview College.
“I’ll go to college and I won’t have to take those extra classes that were offered here for free,” she said.
Remy, who is ranked in the top 10 percent of her class will enroll at the University of North Texas as a junior next year. She received a full scholarship based on her grades, financial need and her 400 hours of community service.
In order to complete her college hours, Remy took both online and summer courses through Mountainview College. In addition to her associate degree and high school diploma, Remy is about to test to earn her cosmetology license after taking the required courses at DHS.
Remy points to her mother, who completed her own college degree when Remy was a child, as her inspiration.
“I wanted to do the things she didn’t get to do because she had children,” Remy said. “I wanted to show her I can do it make her proud.”
Although she doesn’t plan to pursue cosmetology as a career, Remy believes it could be useful when completes college to be a film director. She says she won’t stop with her bachelor’s degree.
“All my brothers are going to have their master’s,” Remy said. “I need to have ‘doctor’ before my name.”
Christopher Hall is the first in his family to go to college. He’ll be enrolling as a junior next fall at the University of Texas – Austin’s McComb School of International Business with a full scholarship.
Christopher credits DHS history teacher Christopher Dugdale with encouraging him to take dual-credit classes and to graduate high school with a college degree.
“I’m grateful Remy and I were among the first to do it, and I’m glad Duncanville is able to provide students with such a great curriculum,” Christopher said.
Christopher has been a Duncanville ISD student since prekindergarten. His college degree is an Associate of Science. He plans to pursue international business at UT and one day work at the State Department.
Christopher’s hope for his alma mater is that the students who follow in his and Remy’s footsteps take advantage of the enhanced academic program Duncanville High School’s new Collegiate Academy will offer.
“We’re all part of the same Duncanville family, and I’m excited to see where it is in a few years,” Christopher said.