A 9-year-old genius boy named David Balogun has set an outstanding record at Reach Cyber Charter School in Pennsylvania, United States after earning an exceptional 4.0 GPA to emerge the youngest-ever graduate of the school.
The usual age for students to complete high school in the United States is 18, David Balogun however completed his at the age of 9 and has now started college with the dream of becoming an Astrophysicist.
Speaking on how he was able to attain his high school diploma 9 years ahead of his colleagues, David explained that he did not set out to go to college early but when he realized it was possible, he made it his goal.
“At the beginning, I just wanted to graduate early. And then after third grade, the teacher said that I should go to fourth grade … so at that point, I decided I want to graduate at the age of 10,” David said.
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He added that his mom, Ronya Balogun, inspired him to achieve his desire at the age of 9, earlier than he planned. “And my mom said, if you put the effort in, we will advocate for you and you probably will be able to graduate at the age of nine. So I decided, OK, I’ll graduate at the age of nine,” he added.
David embarked on an accelerated program in 2020, leveraging online classes and studying year-round with high interest in a variety of subjects.
Raising a young son with extraordinary intellectual gifts has been challenging for Balogun’s parents, even though they both have advanced degrees.Popular Stories on Rising Africa nowNigerian mum of 3 becomes first black woman to bag PhD in Pure Mathematics, breaks 149-year-old jinx
“I had to get outside the box. Playing pillow fights when you’re not suppose to, plays ball in the house,” his mother, Ronya said. “Like he’s a 9-year-old with a brain that has the capacity to comprehend a lot of concept beyond his years and sometimes beyond my understanding.”
Balogun has already completed a semester at Bucks Community College. Now his family is looking at colleges and universities around the country to see which one is the right fit.