Margaret Rosfeld is the first student to graduate from high school and Mid-Plains Community College at the same time. She's seen here with Chuck Salestrom, MPCC area vice president of public information and marketing, during graduation ceremonies Saturday at Cody-Kilgore High School.
A Valentine native has become the first student to graduate from high school and Mid-Plains Community College at the same time.
Margaret Rosfeld, 18, wore two tassels and accepted both an associate degree and a high school diploma as she walked across the stage at Cody-Kilgore High School on Saturday. MPCC officials were on hand for the ceremony.
"With the aid of technology and personal tenacity, Margaret completed 60 hours of college credit, her first two years of her bachelor's degree, while still attending Cody-Kilgore High School in one of the most remote areas of the state," said Chuck Salestrom, MPCC area vice president of public information and marketing. "She will enter the university system next fall as a junior-level college student. That's pretty remarkable."
Rosfeld finished high school in January. She had been taking dual credit courses through MPCC since she was a junior.
"Initially, I wanted to go into neuropsychology, but I've since decided to major in counseling and minor in biology," said Rosfeld. "I would like to become a children's mental health counselor. Neuropsychology is mostly lab work. I want to see the impact I have on people."
Rosfeld is currently living in Grand Island and is preparing to take more classes through MPCC this summer. She will begin studies at the University of Nebraska at Kearney in the fall. Her goal is to earn a master's degree by the time she's 23.