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Two High Schoolers Graduate From West Virginia Northern

By Staff | May 24, 2017

Photo Provided Rebeckah Barnette, left, and Brittney Ann Rose, both seniors at Valley High School in Pine Grove, will graduate today with degrees from West Virginia Northern Community College.

One could say two members of the West Virginia Northern Community College class of 2017 are getting ahead of themselves: They have already graduated from college, two weeks before they graduate from high school.

Brittney Ann Rose and Rebeckah Barnette, both seniors at Valley High School in Pine Grove, accomplished this by taking early entrance classes at WVNCC’s New Martinsville campus. Both were in attendance at WVNCC’s commencement ceremony.

Even for a college that typically boasts of having many non-traditional students, it’s rare that high school graduates earn college diplomas concurrently.

Rose, of Pine Grove, is the daughter of Kim and Gary Tennant and Jeff and Rachel Rose. She graduated from WVNCC with an associate of arts degree with a psychology concentration. Her future goals include continuing her education to become a nurse practitioner and living and working in a state that allows nurse practitioners to have their own independent practices.

Barnette, of Burton, is the daughter of Jack and Leanna Barnette and also graduated with an associate of arts degree with a psychology concentration. She has been named salutatorian at Valley. She plans to pursue a nursing degree at WVNCC starting in the fall before moving on to Fairmont State and West Virginia universities to further her nursing education.

Rose said she started by taking a few necessary classes to get them out of the way, and eventually realized she was very close to actually getting a degree.

“I decided this was something I wanted to do and was very motivated to accomplish this newly set goal,” Rose said.

At Valley, Barnette participated in two years of band and four years of track and was the student body president her junior year. Her favorite hobbies are “working with my many farm animals and showing at Town and Country Days.” She also works at the Dairy Dream in Hundred.

“I have made it this far by working hard and having a strong group of family, friends and teachers that push me to be the best I can be,” she said.