Degrees are part of her story

Adelaide H. Hirschi has graduated college and high school simultaneously … and with a 4.0 grade point average.

Adelaide attended Marietta High School for her freshman year. She then enrolled in Ohio Virtual Academy, an online high school, and attended Washington State Community College. Most associate degrees can be obtained in two years, but due to the program complexity, the associate of engineering degree requires three years. So, for three years, Adelaide’s WSCC credits were automatically transferred to her high school transcript. Upon graduation from both schools she received an associate of engineering degree, an associate degree of general science and an associate of liberal arts along with her high school diploma.

Adelaide is scheduled to attend The Ohio State University in the fall as an 18-year-old junior with a goal of receiving a bachelor degree in mechanical engineering three years later. She plans to participate in the annual OSU competition to design and manufacture a clean water system. Her coursework will focus on forces, products, parts and subsystems. She is excited to learn about manufacturing and how to ensure that what she designs will function properly. Adelaide’s primary interest lies in engines, and her keynote final project at OSU will involve comparing the application of steel and aluminum for the same car engine component.

Question: Ultimately were you happy with the decision to attend the Ohio Virtual Academy and Washington State Community College?

Answer: Yes, it seemed a natural thing. The online school was very convenient and the students at WSCC seemed to take school more seriously so there were fewer disruptions in class. The teachers seemed to really know their subjects.

Q: What is your favorite subject?

A: Math. In a lot of ways it is straightforward, but it’s non-linear too. You always have a right or wrong answer but there are multiple ways to get to it.

Q: What is your least favorite subject?

A: English. I get lost in the particular parts of speech. There are always loopholes.

Q: What is your favorite book?

A: I don’t think I have just one, but I am reading Dante and I’m really enjoying that.

Q: What has been your proudest moment?

A: Probably when I shook my father’s hand at (WSCC’s) graduation.

Q: What person would you most like to meet?

A: American physicist Michio Kaku. I’m quite fond of his work.

Q: What is your favorite thing to cook?

A: Onigiri, which are Japanese rice balls. I’ve been making them for awhile. It’s interesting to try different fillings.

Q: Why is it already important for you to participate in the OSU competition to design a clean water system?

A: Many people living in Third World countries don’t have clean water. It’s important to help out others around the world.

This interview was conducted by Jennifer Houtman.