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7 Horizon High School Seniors Earn AA Degree from Rio Salado College

Tuesday , May 18 , 2021

Horizon High School students who earned their AA degree from Rio Salado College

Earning an Associate of Arts (AA) degree at the same time as your high school diploma is quite a feat. Seven Horizon High School seniors will attain this accomplishment through PVSchools’ Dual Enrollment program offered in partnership with Rio Salado College.

Sarah Achuff, Kylie Esquibel, Makayla Fry, Amalia Guthrie, Autumn Tolman, Joseph Varcoe, and Julia Wasson are receiving their AA degree from Rio Salado College. Their hard work and determination have paid off. Now, they will enter college two years ahead of their peers. 

About the Graduates

Sarah Achuff

“My advice is to take Dual Enrollment as soon as you can! It’s so easy and helpful. I will be getting my four-year bachelor's degree in only two years! The sooner you start Dual Enrollment, the fewer extra classes outside of Horizon you need to take for your associate degree!  I will be receiving my Associate of Arts degree this May along with my High School Diploma! Because of my AA degree, I get to skip right to the fun classes and do not have to take any general education classes, electives, or prerequisites!  I’m so much more excited for the next chapter in my life with my AA degree already conquered,” said Achuff! 

She will attend Grand Canyon University to study Forensic Psychology. Achuff decided to participate in Dual Enrollment to get ahead in school because her future degree requires a Master’s Degree. Achuff added, “Psychology and helping people is my passion and I want to get to helping people as soon as possible.”

Kylie Esquibel

Esquibel explains her drive to enroll in the Dual Enrollment program, “I wanted to get a head start with classes, it was also less expensive.” 

She will receive her AA degree this summer and will attend Grand Canyon University in the fall.

Makayla Fry

Fry explains her decision to participate in the Dual Enrollment program, “I decided to participate in the Dual Enrollment program to save money when I attended college. I would recommend students try to achieve their Associate of Arts degree through the Dual Enrollment path since it cuts down the time you need to be in college.” 

Fry will attend the University of Washington.

Autumn Tolman

Tolman explains why she was interested in the Dual Enrollment program, “I wanted to be more efficient in my schooling - I mean why not? A plan to get college credit for high school classes sounded great to me, maximizing my time.” 

Her advice to students who are considering the Dual Enrollment program, “Map out your whole high school plan before you even start! It sounds overwhelming, but you’re going to have to go through it anyway so it’s better to go in with a plan.” 

Tolman will attend Brigham Young University and will major in Graphic Design.

Joseph Varcoe

Varcoe participated in the Dual Enrollment program to get ahead in college and save money in the long run on college courses.

His advice to students is, “I would tell other students to take Dual Enrollment courses any chance they get because it will help them later on if they plan on attending a university. Dual Enrollment allows for a student to not have to take the same courses again and save a large amount of money by taking Dual Enrollment classes compared to the cost of many university classes.”

Varcoe will attend the University of San Diego.

Julia Wasson

“I decided to participate in the Dual Enrollment program to get ahead with college credits and save money. I would 100 percent recommend taking Dual Enrollment classes in high school. If you are willing to put in the extra work, it pays off greatly. I will receive both my AA degree in the next week, and I am excited for what is to come.”

She will attend Ithaca College in New York.

About the Dual Enrollment Program

Dual Enrollment is cost-effective and allows students to earn high school and college credit at the same time. In some cases, students can earn an associate's degree by the time they finish high school. The Dual Enrollment program is available at all of PVSchools’ high schools. Learn more about Dual Enrollment.

The seniors will graduate from Horizon High School on May 20, 2021.