President of Mesalands Community College Phillip Barry congratulates Josh Bullard.
Joshua Bullard is just 18 years old. But there he was, on the stage, in his cap and gown, at the Mesalands Community College graduation on May 11, getting his reward for two years of hard work.
Oh, and that was before Bullard is to graduate from Tucumcari High School on Friday.
"I got a building trades certificate from Mesalands before graduation," he said. "I thought it was pretty neat to graduate from Mesalands before high school."
Bullard's completing his Mesalands years and his THS graduation with a grade point average of 3.85, he said.
Beginning as a junior, Bullard began taking concurrent classes at Meslands and the building trades interested him. He said he thought it would make him more employable in the summers while he was attending college.
Bullard has been accepted at Eastern New Mexico University in Portales.
"Ever since he was little, he has said he wants to be a surgeon," said his mother Joanna Guiterrez, who is a student counselor at Mesalands. "He's always been very active in lots of areas."
"I like to do a lot of things and it's fun," said Bullard. "And my mom is always teaching me to work hard."
And Bullard's pre-graduation to high school graduation is the first one that Guiterrez said she's aware of since she's been at Mesalands.
Bullard, who is also on THS' baseball team as a pinch runner, decided to attend Mesalands graduation instead of playing in the game that netted the Rattlers the district title.
It was a hard choice, he said.
"I knew they could do it without me, but I'd like to have been there."
At Eastern, Bullard said he plans to study pre-med and communications.
His dad, Paul Bullard, is a radio station DJ with his own hourly program on 97.9, the Beat, in Dallas.
Inspired by his dad's profession, Bullard said he'd like to learn more about communications and what's involved in working at a radio station.
As a counselor at Mesalands for about five years, Guiterrez has been in good position to help coach her son through academic courses and choices.
"I try to tell the students and Josh that there are many opportunities and to be ready for them," Guiterrez said.