Hayden High School senior Janna Hoza shares a laugh with co-workers at Hayden Mercantile on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to her upcoming high school graduation, Hoza will graduate from Colorado Mountain College with an associate's degree Saturday.

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Hayden High School senior Janna Hoza shares a laugh with co-workers at Hayden Mercantile on Tuesday afternoon. In addition to her upcoming high school graduation, Hoza will graduate from Colorado Mountain College with an associate's degree Saturday.

Double degrees coming up

Hayden senior Janna Hoza earns college, high school diplomas

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— Janna Hoza will graduate from Hayden High School next month - after she graduates from Colorado Mountain College on Saturday.

The 18-year-old heads to the University of Denver this fall toting a lengthy list of achievements: a high school diploma, an associate's degree and a resume that would leave the most ambitious Ivy League-bound prep-schooler out of breath.

Hoza is president of the school's Future Business Leaders of America chapter, vice president of her class and the student body, a volleyball player, a member of the Community Action Network and a member of the National Honor Society, among other activities.

"Janna is a unique student because she kind of possesses that unique combination of intellect and charm and all of it," said Amy Feltner, a CMC counselor who has worked with Hoza. Completing an associate's in high school is no small feat, Feltner said.

"It's incredibly unusual because it obviously takes quite a bit of drive from the student to really make that happen. : They're doing 60 credit hours of coursework," Feltner said. "To go above and beyond and really be able to get through that before the student graduates high school is incredibly rare."

Oh, and she'll have a full ride to college through the Boettcher Foundation. Statewide, the foundation gives out 40 four-year scholarships each year.

Hoza also recently won a statewide Future Business Leaders of America business calculations contest and will compete nationally in June in Atlanta.

It's par for the course for Hoza, who has competed nationally twice. Her father, School Board President Brian Hoza, works at CMC. He said he accompanied his daughter to one of her national competitions.

"This year, when she got back, she said she had good news and bad news," Brian Hoza said. "The good news is that she won and gets to go to Atlanta. The bad news is it's mom's turn to go."

Brian Hoza said his daughter has always been ambitious and entrepreneurial. She came back from her first Future Business Leaders competition fired up to get other students involved, he said.

"It's been important to her not only to do those things herself but to take other people with her so they could enjoy those things, too," Brian Hoza said.

Her chapter adviser said Janna Hoza's leadership impresses him.

"She's a huge part of the community and the school," teacher Greg Pieraccini said. "She's just a great, great kid."

It was sometimes tough for Hoza to split time among high school, activities, CMC and her job at Hayden Mercantile grocery store.

"This past month or so has been pretty stressful, pretty overwhelming," Hoza said. "Just approaching the end of CMC, there's a lot to do, and with my classes there, and state FBLA, and we just had prom, there's so much going on."

Brian Hoza said his daughter, who is the oldest of five children, sometimes had to choose between activities. She had to sit out a few events to do her CMC work, he said.

Janna Hoza said she has ways of dealing with frustrating moments.

"I usually just go for a jog," she said. "I just kind of take a break. That tends to help."

But she said the effort was worth it.

"Especially when I got the Boettcher scholarship, I was like, 'OK, this is paying off,'" Hoza said. "That was a definite boost there."

She plans to major in business and minor in math. She's excited about the idea of studying abroad (possibly in Italy) and maybe getting her master's degree. Although Hoza doesn't have a career in mind, she's got some criteria: no getting stuck behind a desk. Human interaction is a must.

Life will be different for the crew back in Hayden when Janna is off to the big city, Brian Hoza said.

"I would say most of us are in denial," her dad said. "She's very, very anxious to move on to those new adventures."

Adventure is right, Janna Hoza said.

"I'm very nervous - Denver is a lot different from Hayden," she said.

"But I'm excited, too."

- To reach Blythe Terrell, call 871-4234

or e-mail bterrell@steamboatpilot.com

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80488mom 6 years, 7 months ago

What a wonderful story about an amazing young lady.

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