Hise is youngest CCCC grad

Hise is youngest CCCC gradWhen 14-year-old Sara Hise accepted two associate’s degrees at last week’s commencement for Cerro Coso Community College, she became the youngest grad in CCCC history.

Sarah plans to follow up her history-making feat by attending the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted at Mary Baldwin College next fall.

“We are very proud of Sara and all of our graduates who have worked hard to reach this important milestone in their educational journey,” said CCCC President Jill Board. Commencement exercises were held last Friday.

Sara began her studies at Cerro Coso at age 9, while attending Pierce Elemen-tary School, In seventh grade, after scoring higher than 84 percent of high school students who took the SATs in 2012, she was granted an exemption from compulsory education. That provision allowed her full-time enrollment status at Cerro Coso, where she subsequently completed requirements for degrees in arts and humanities, as well as social and behavioral sciences.

Sara’s scholastic, civic and extracurricular achievements have received recognition that includes the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, as well as citations from numerous California elected officials.

She is also an accomplished equestrienne and supporter of animal-shelter adoptions. She has competed in all disciplines with her rehomed racehorse, conducted obedience training and acquired American Kennel Club points toward champion with her shelter-rescued dog. She is the highest ranking member of the Ridgerunners 4H Club and a member of Mensa.

She is the daughter of Kevin and Tammy Hise of Ridgecrest.

Story First Published: 2014-05-21