Youngest 2013 Graduate is 17
Megan Wilhelm of Carson City is proof that it’s never too soon to pursue a college education. Wilhelm, 17, was the youngest graduate in the class of 2013.
When Wilhelm began taking classes at Western Nevada College as a 15-year-old, her age difference definitely was noticeable. But she adapted and achieved an Associate of Arts degree with honors.
“Sometimes (other students) treated me like their kids or a younger sibling, but that was OK,” Wilhelm said. After being home-schooled through her secondary education, she was eager to get an early start on her higher education.
“I knew I could get it done faster, and I didn’t want to waste time for something in life that I could get ahead of,” she said.
Wilhelm made the transition from home to college academics with math and sign language courses. Despite being the youngest student in each of her classes, her instructors made her feel at ease.
“My professors were always great and treated me with respect. I got to know some of them really well,” she said.
Wilhelm repeatedly made the Dean’s List over the past two years, was a member of Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society and graduated summa cum laude. She plans to pursue a bachelor’s and then a master’s degree with a goal to work in special education.
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