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17-year-old receives degree and diploma through online classes

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Jayda Robinson is only 17, but she's earned her high school diploma, and her Associate's degree in Psychology from Darton State College this year.    

"What can I do better? That's what I'm thinking, not just that I graduated but what's the next step," said Jayda Robinson, Darton State College and Albany High School Graduate.  

Robinson took more than 60 credit hours at Darton through their Dual Enrollment Program, Accel. She also graces the cover of the college's magazine as their student spotlight. She's the youngest student in Dougherty County to go through the program.      

"Whatever college classes I took counted for high school as well. So, I didn't have to take any high school classes. I just took all college classes," said Robinson.    

She was also involved in homecoming activities and the Beta Club at Albany High. She says she sometimes felt out of place being the youngest student at both campuses.   

"All of my friends are 18, and I'm still 17 so everywhere I went I was the youngest one," said Robinson.

Her age has never stopped her from setting the bar high. At just 13, she wrote and published a book, Jayda Robinson's 20 Reasons Not to Have Sex Before Marriage and Why, and she's working on more books.  

"The Virtual Student, which is me dealing with telling my story about being an online student. It's about the tricks and trade of being online and the benefits."   

She's also started her own non-profit, Jayda Lives Inc., which helps other students enrolled in online dual credit programs through the ExPand Program. They're also required to volunteer in the community through the ExTend Program. The program has grown from eight to 140 members this year.  

 "They push me to keep going because they could follow me in my footsteps and that this could be bigger than just me," said Robinson.   

Robinson says her drive comes from her mother, and she wants to continue making her proud as she plans to enroll online at Florida State University in the fall. You can help donate to Robinson's organization by calling 229-296-6341 or click here.

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