Teen gets a degree and a diploma on same day

Posted at 11:06 PM, May 12, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-12 23:42:05-04

A Louisiana teen did the seemingly impossible: she graduated from high school and college on the same day.

"I played basketball, softball and I was a cheerleader," said Azariya McClendon. "So when I wasn't doing any of that, I was studying."

The 17-year-old planned everything with her school counselor. She went to Bossier Parish Community College to get her associate degree at the same time as she went to high school to get her diploma. She was in a dual enrollment program and managed to successfully finish both.

But McClendon didn't do it without running into some issues. On her first day of school, she was in a bad car crash that broke her hand. 

She had to have three surgeries and go to rehab. Eventually, she learned how to use it again.

"That's my only baby," said Chanequal Murphy, McClendon's mother. "So for me, the only thing I could think of was, 'Lord, let my baby be okay.'"

Despite the car crash, McClendon successfully navigated her time in college and as a senior in high school.

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