Danya Hamad has enrolled at Capital University with an academic standing of a junior at only 16 years old.
For most of us, being 16 meant our minds were fixated on high school academics, worrying about prom dates, or spending all of our time at athletic practices or events. But for Danya Hamad, that fixation is allocated to something different all together: becoming the youngest lawyer in America.
Hamad is on an incredibly rapid-moving track to reaching this goal. At the age of 15, Hamad not only graduated from Reynoldsburg High School early, but she also graduated from Columbus State with an Associates of Arts degree. In fact, she was awarded her Associates degree a week before she was awarded her high school diploma.
“My Columbus State graduation was so surreal,” Hamad said while reflecting on the road that’s led her to Capital. “[Columbus State] President Dr. Harrison, he actually mentioned me during his speech for the commencement ceremony. And then I was also given a special cord, which was blue and silver, showing that I had graduated from both high school and Columbus State at the same time. I was the first person to ever get this.”
The blue and silver graduation cord isn’t the only award Hamad has received on her journey, and it doesn’t seem like it will be the last one either. While the list is long, a few awards that stick out above the others are: Cum Laude honors cord and Phi Theta Kappa members stole from Columbus State, certificate of recognition from the State of Ohio signed by Governor Kasich, a certificate of recognition from the Reynoldsburg school board of education, and a valedictorian medal and cord at her Reynoldsburg graduation.
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