Thanks to the College Credit Plus (CCP) program, Kimball Arnold recently graduated from Monroeville High School with both his high school diploma and a bachelor’s degree from Bowling Green State University at age 19. He’s now preparing to enter medical school. He will attend the University of Toledo.
CCP allows high school students to take college courses, earning both high school and college credit, free of charge to the student as long as he or she pass the courses.
Monroeville Superintendent Ralph Moore called it an “outstanding academic effort and performance.” The school board recognized that achievement by presenting Arnold with a plaque at Monday’s meeting.
“He’s a great young man,” board president Nancy Brown said. “He just graduated and he’s getting ready to be going into med school. That’s remarkable, I think. That’s what the post secondary option can do, and he obviously took full advantage of it. ... He’s been successful so far and I’m sure he’ll continue to be.”
Brown said that accomplishment was made possible because of Arnold’s hard work and determination and the support of his family.
“He’s very engaging, very bright.” she said.
“High academic achievement is very important in that family,” Brown added. “I think they place a very high value on education. And he’s got a very good personality. While he was taking the more advanced college courses, he was tutoring students here at the lower level. So he understands how to go peer to peer and explain things. What more can you say about a kid that can do that, while going to college full time and obviously taking a full course load.”
Brown said the CCP program is a nice provision for students to utilize and Arnold set a good example of doing just that.
She said while the school has had several “very successful” students graduate high school with various levels of college education under their belt, including a “fairly large percentage” of the class of 2018, Arnold was “an exceptional example — not the norm.”
“I think the program is a good thing in that families get a break on tuition fees since the district covers the expenses,” Brown said. “It also allows small schools like ours, that don’t have a large curriculum, to have more options. It offers a wider curriculum base.”