Megan Happel in front of sunny window.
Mendon graduate to receive associate degree prior to high school graduation – local musician will hold concert Sat., May. 5 at Riveria Theatre in Three Rivers
Megan Happel of Mendon will be heading to Michigan Technological University this fall, but the 2018 Mendon graduate will also have an associate degree under her belt as she heads to Houghton, Michigan.

“It’s pretty awesome,” she said.

Happel will walk across the stage during Glen Oaks Community College’s commencement May 4 at 7 p.m. earning her degree in general studies. As part of an arrangement under which she takes an online class from Mendon – she checks in periodically and does not have to attend the high school every day, while taking a full schedule of classes – calculus 2, biology, Spanish 2, and world mythologies – all at Glen Oaks.

She started taking AP history her sophomore year, while living in Marquette, Michigan, after moving here her junior year. Through dual enrollment she took about three classes per semester at Glen Oaks and a couple over the summer.

Happel found Glen Oaks very accommodating. “I really like the atmosphere – it’s nice and homey, and made me feel comfortable,” she said.

Of pursuing both diplomas at the same time, she said “it’s a lot of stress, but it’s worth it in the end. It’s good preparation for going to a four-year university.”

While at Michigan Tech, Happel will study engineering management and electrical engineering.

And her hobby of music will help her get there. Happel not only sings, but also plays guitar, bass guitar, drums and piano.

She has been playing solo shows in venues from Elkhart to Kalamazoo to raise money for college; this Saturday, May 5, rather than holding a graduation party, she will be performing a graduation concert at the Riviera Theatre in Three Rivers.

Guests on the stage at the 6:30 p.m. show will include Glen Oaks professor Jerry Barkley. Her set list includes an eclectic mix of new and classic Rock & Roll with a few originals mixed in that everyone can enjoy. For more information about this program, visit www.trriviera.com/event/graduationconcert/

Between now and when she begins her post-secondary education at the end of August, she plans nearly two dozen concerts including several in Wisconsin and Upper Michigan as part of “Megan’s Pay for College Tour 2018.”

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