BRAINIAC: NSB's Sammi Hicks got her associate's degree at Daytona State College weeks before her high school diploma

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. -- Marching to the tune of "Pomp and Circumstance" once is stresful enough. Imagine doing it twice in two weeks.

For New Smyrna Beach's Sammi Hicks it's been there, done that!

She's not alone. More than 150 high school students graduated earlier this month from Daytona State College with associate degrees that will allow them to go directlly to most colleges as juniors and get their bachelors degree in two years as opposed to the standard four years.





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Henry Frederick is publisher of Headline Surfer®, the award-winning 24/7 internet news outlet covering the Daytona Beach-Sanford-Orlando metro area via since 2008. A longtime cops & courts reporter focused on breaking news & investigative reporting, Frederick is among the Sunshine State's most prolific daily news reporters, having amassed close to a hundred award-winning byline stories nearly evenly split in print and digital platforms. Frederick earned his Master of Arts in New Media Journalism with academic honors from Full Sail University in Winter Park in February 2019. He was a metro reporter with the Daytona Beach News-Journal for nearly a decade and then served as a city editor for the Taunton Daily Gazette in Taunton, Mass, while maintaining a residence in Central Florida. Prior to moving to Florida, Frederick was a metro reporter for the Rockland Journal-News in West Nyack, NY, for seven years. Headline Surfer was named the Sunshine State's top internet news site by the Florida Press Club in 2018.