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High school senior graduates from college first

Joseph LoPreto (Buy photo)

Correction: An article on Wednesday erroneously reported that Joseph LoPreto was the first student in Warren County to receive a college degree before graduating high school.

By Ryan Cornell

For proof that time travel really does exist, look no further than Front Royal.

A senior at Warren County High School, 17-year-old Joseph LoPreto became the first student in county history to receive a college degree before graduating high school.

Nearly a month before receiving his high school diploma last Friday, Joseph walked across the stage at Skyline High School to receive his associate's degree in general studies from Lord Fairfax Community College.

Joseph began attending the college as a full-time dual-enrolled student his junior year.

"I figured if I was going to have to do those two years of general education anyways, I figured I would do it before I finished high school," he said.

He said the course load sometimes proved to be overwhelming when trying to balance extracurriculars such as theater, and thanked his family for keeping him on track.

"I'm glad that it's done," said LoPreto, who will attend James Madison University as a physics major this fall. "But on the other hand, it means that I have less time to flip flop majors."

Contact staff writer Ryan Cornell at 540-465-5137 ext. 164, or rcornell@nvdaily.com

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