Student Recognition

MARIETTA, Ohio (February 11, 2016)—Ashton Amos has her sights set on graduation in May, but the pomp and circumstance will extend beyond the walls here at Washington State College of Ohio (WSCO). Shortly after she accepts two degrees from WSCO, she’ll accept her high school diploma from Frontier High School.

Amos is a College Credit Plus (CCP) success story at WSCO. Her hard work and dedication has made her the ideal candidate for February’s Student of the Month.

As a high school freshman, she enrolled in WSCO’s dual enrollment and found the shift in her academic routine to be the challenge she needed. Admittedly, the rigor of college courses is greater, but Amos says good time management is essential. “I’ve learned you have to manage your time extremely well in order to complete everything in an A-worthy fashion.” As a result of her skillful planning and hard work, this spring she will receive a liberal arts transfer degree and a science transfer degree.

Amos maintains a very full schedule. On campus she is actively involved in Circle K, Phi Theta Kappa and the WSCO Honors Program. She also finds time to maintain involvement at her high school through Key Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Upward Bound, Yearbook, Cheerleading and the Spanish National Honor Society. Additionally, she works part-time at a local pizza shop and has two practicum positions at WSCO.

Despite the demands, her academic performance is unfaltering. “Ashton sets a high standard for herself, and she has the drive to meet her goals,” boasts Heather Sailing, WSCO’s Assistant Director of Advising. “She maintains the balance of being active on campus while excelling in her coursework.”

Amos credits her success as a student to her desire to be her best. “I’m driven to put my all into everything I do,” she confessed. “I’m very devoted and determined to succeed and I always try my hardest.”

Further scholastic recognition was extended her by Carson Tucker, WSCO’s AmeriCorps Ohio College Guide in Upward Bound. “Ashton is a role-model for other students in the Upward Bound program and a very intelligent young woman. She is very focused on her goals and will definitely find success wherever she goes.”

Upon graduation, Ashton plans to attend West Virginia University and pursue a degree in biochemistry; ultimately her goal is to become a physician’s assistant.

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