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Emily Dixon named Ozarka College Academic All-StarOriginally Published August 25, 2013 at 12:00 a.m.
Updated August 23, 2013 at 4:58 p.m.
MOUNTAIN VIEW — Emily Dixon, a sophomore at Ozarka College in Mountain View, got started on her college education at a young age. She was recently named the Ozarka College Academic All-Star for 2013.
“I enrolled in classes when I was 14,” Dixon said.
She had been home-schooled since she was in the sixth grade, and was in ninth grade when she enrolled in her first online college course.
“After that, I gradually started taking more classes,” she said.
In December 2012, at age 16, Dixon said, she got her GED diploma, so she enrolled as a full-time student in the 2013 spring semester.
Dixon didn’t have to look far to find inspiration for what she wants to pursue as a career path. Both of her parents, as well as an aunt and uncle, are nurses.
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” Dixon said. “I really have a heart for nursing.”
Dixon expects to receive her Associate of Arts degree from Ozarka at the end of the 2014 spring semester, then will transfer to Arkansas State University-Jonesboro.
With the title of Academic All-Star, Dixon received a $500 scholarship to fund her tuition in the spring 2014 semester at Ozarka.
“I was so excited,” Dixon said. “It’s a blessing to have the opportunity to have a full scholarship to a university.”
She is also a member of the Student Government Association on the Mountain View campus, where she helps out with campus activities.
She started college at a young age and has found mentors during her time at the community college.
Lindsay Wilson-Galloway, David Mitchell and Cheri McKee-McSwain inspired Dixon during her time at Ozarka.
“All of my teachers are willing to help whenever they can,” Dixon said. “They always take time out of their schedules to help when you need it.”
Her scholarship will help her get closer to her goal of ultimately becoming a nurse.
In addition to receiving the scholarship, Dixon will represent Ozarka College at the Arkansas Association of Two-Year Colleges’ annual conference in Hot Springs on Oct. 15.
According to Ozarka College, in order to qualify to become an academic all-star: a student must be an Arkansas resident, currently be enrolled in an Arkansas two-year college with the expectation to be enrolled in the same college through spring 2014, have completed a minimum of 24 credit hours toward an associate degree with the intent to graduate by summer 2014 and have a cumulative grade-point average of at least 3.25 in all credit course work.
Zoned Editions Staff Writer Lisa Burnett can be reached at 501-244-4307 or email@example.com.