ROCK SPRINGS —Black Butte High School senior Quincy Stewart was named the 2021-2022 Double Student of the Year by Western Wyoming Community College. Stewart graduated from high school with 60 college credits from Western and 12 credits from a previous institution. In addition to graduating from high school, she will earn her associate degree in multidisciplinary science from Western.
“It is an honor to be able to celebrate the achievements of an exceptional student. Ms. Quincy completed 60 credit hours, kicking off her college education by earning an associate’s degree while still at Black Butte High School. This has been made possible through our strong partnerships with Sweetwater BOCES and Sweetwater County School District No. 1,” said Western President Dr. Kim Dale. “His accomplishments so early in his educational journey are a prime example of his success.”
Stewart began as a dual student at Western her freshman year of high school. During her time as a doubles student at Western, she conducted research with Western Professor Dr. David Tanner regarding the genome of the dune specialist bee from the Killpecker Sand Dunes. This research, funded by Idea Networks of Biomedical Research Excellence (INBRE), is helping to map the genome of the dune specialist bee from the Killpecker sand dunes.
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Stewart will begin her freshman year of traditional college with an associate’s degree, research experience, and classroom knowledge to move into the next phase of her education. Stewart is excited to attend her high school and Western graduation ceremonies.
“So excited, this is what I’ve been working towards for four years,” Stewart said. “It took a lot of work, but it’s paying off.”
The goal of Western’s Dual and Concurrent program is to give high school students a head start and better prepare them for the transition to college or the world of work after high school. Students can explore their interests before enrolling as a full-time student while benefiting from the structural support of their secondary schools. Sweetwater Board of Cooperative Educational Services is a critical partner with Western’s College Now program, paying for double-duty student tuition in Sweetwater County.
“Sweetwater BOCES has been proud to sponsor the Dual Concurrent Program, in partnership with Western and Sweetwater County School Districts, since its inception. Our goal has been to provide students with the exact opportunities Ms. Stewart has been able to access with such success,” said Sweetwater BOCES Director Dr. Bernadine Craft. “We at Sweetwater BOCES are extremely proud of her and all that she has accomplished; she is undoubtedly the epitome of a driven and excellent student who takes advantage of the incredible educational opportunities that Sweetwater BOCES, along with our partner educational institutions, have been able to provide students in Sweetwater County,”
After graduation, Stewart plans to continue her education and begin her college journey to become a cardiac surgeon.
To learn more about dual and concurrent opportunities at Western, visit: westernwyoming.edu/collegenow. For more information, please contact Senior Outreach Coordinator Alex Schumacher at [email protected]