NM girl to get 2 degrees before high school graduation

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – You hear stories about kids who go above and beyond in the classroom all the time, but one girl’s story takes the cake.

And she’s not the only one in her family exceeding expectations.

“I wanted to have a shocker on my resume…so I don’t have to fight for jobs in the job market because its tough,” Kelly Watson said.

Kelly’s shocker is about to graduate from CNM with a degree and fine arts and another degree in liberal arts, but she hasn’t even graduated from her high school, SAMS Academy, yet.

“I just kept pushing myself because I knew I could do it, it was really hard,” Kelly said.

Kelly and her parents had to juggle her schedule between two schools on the opposite sides of town, and do it with just one family car.

“I wanted her to have the edge…and have the chance we didn’t get because we had family right after high school.” Emily Watson, Kelly’s mom, said.

Now Kelly’s mom and dad have that chance too, because Kelly motivated them to go back to school. Sometimes they were even at CNM taking the same classes together. Saturday, they will graduate together.

“I’m so excited, we’re going to sit there together, walk there together, that’s something we’ll have forever,” Emily said.

“I have a lot of education now, I’ll be 22 with my masters,” Kelly said.

She plans to become an art teacher.

Kelly and her parents both plan to go to UNM next year, and there’s a good chance they’ll be in some of the same classes.

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