ENTERPRISE, Ala. (WTVY) - Nakira Bush is not your average high school senior.
She's 17 years old, and in May of 2019 she will be both a high school and college graduate.
Nakira is a part of the Dual Enrollment program offered at Enterprise High.
Dual Enrollment is a program created to allow students to get acclimated with the high school to college transition by taking college level courses and receiving credit in return.
"It took a lot of hard work and dedication because like I told you I had to do it in the summer. I'm in school constantly and when I get out of school I go to college in the summer for the summer classes," said Bush.
Ann Kelly-Spence worked with her throughout her time at ESCC and says her persistence carried her to the top.
"She is an amazing student, very dedicated, very motivated. When she started the program she was on a mission to complete the program," said Kelly-Spence.
In 5 months, she will do just that.
Nakira will be the first college graduate for her immediate family.
"My parents, they are sad to see me leave and go to college but they are really excited. They’re really proud of me,” said Bush.
And in the midst of setting some pretty high goals for herself, she is a leader on campus - serving as the President of the EHS FBLA, a National Honor Society member and on the prom committee to name a few.
She hopes her achievements will encourage others.
"I'm glad I am able to be that example for them and be able to show them, hey we can make it through this. Even though it may be hard work, it pays off,” said Bush.
After graduation, Nakira hopes to go to UAB and one day work at a business marketing firm.
Nakira was the first to graduate from Enterprise High School under this dual enrollment program.
If you are looking to learn more about Dual Enrollment you can speak with your high school counselor to discuss which classes best meet your needs.