2020 Van Wert High School graduate Jared Weiss poses with his high school diploma and his college diploma. Weiss earned his associate’s of science from Rhodes State College while in high school.
In 2019, the Weiss family celebrated their son Jacob who had obtained a college degree before graduating high school. This year, the family is celebrating again as their son Jared has followed in his brother’s footsteps and done the same thing. Jared Weiss, a 2020 Van Wert High School graduate, graduated high school with an associate’s degree in science from Rhodes State College in the spring.
In 8th grade, Weiss learned about the College Credit Plus program, which allows students to earn college credits in high school. During the summer before his freshman year, Weiss began taking classes at Rhodes State High school, which allowed him to eventually get an associate’s of science degree before graduating high school.
For the first two years, Weiss took many of the courses online, but for the last two years, he took all of his classes in person.
“People knew I was still in high school, but no one ever thought too much about it,” said Weiss.
Weiss credits his father for pushing him in the right direction and his brother, Jacob, for being a role model and encouraging friendly competition.
“My dad pushed Jacob to do it and after Jacob was doing it and was doing pretty well in it, I saw him and thought, ‘Man, I can’t let his guy outdo me,’” said Weiss. “So I thought I’d try to do better than him. I ended up doing about the same as him, but we still got it done.”
Weiss said that, at first, many of the courses weren’t as hard as he thought they would be. However, when he began taking courses such as Physics II and Trigonometry, the work became harder. Luckily, he had his brother to help when things got difficult.
“Jacob helped lead the way, especially with some of my classes that were more difficult,” said Weiss. “He was always there to help.”
Weiss encourages those interested in learning more about the College Credit Plus program to reach out to their guidance counselor.
“Make sure you are proactive about talking with her or him because they will try to get back with you ASAP but they also have a lot of other stuff they have to deal with,” said Weiss.
“Just stick with it,” added Weiss of the CCP program. “It’s not as hard as it seems early on, and it’s worth it in the end. I had an associate’s before graduating from high school, and that did make me extremely happy. Just try your best and stick with it, and give it your all.”
Weiss will attend Ohio State University Lima campus in the fall and intends to major in Civil Engineering. Eventually, Jared plans to attend the Columbus OSU Campus, where his brother will attend this fall.
Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin