One of the youngest high school grads ever, a nine-year-old Pennsylvania kid who enjoys science and computer programming has already begun amassing credits towards his college degree.
After taking lessons online from his home in the Philadelphia suburb of Bensalem, David Balogun just graduated from the Harrisburg-based Reach cyber charter school. David is now among the youngest known students to ever graduate from high school thanks to this accomplishment.
Only Michael Kearney, who won the Guinness World Record for youngest high school graduation in 1990 at the age of six, is younger than David on that list. Kearney went on to earn master’s degrees at ages 14 and 18, as well as winning more than $1 million on game shows. The Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Ronan Farrow, who was 11 when he graduated from high school, would rank lower than David on that list.
After completing his studies, David told WGAL that he already knows what he wants to do for a living. “I want to be an astrophysicist, and I want to study black holes and supernovas,” To the station, he spoke. Even though David’s parents have advanced degrees, they admitted to WGAL that raising a youngster with such a remarkable brain is difficult.
“I had to get outside of the box,” Ronya, David’s mother, told the media source. “Playing pillow fights when you’re not supposed to, throwing the balls in the house. He’s a nine-year-old with the brain that has the capacity to understand and comprehend a lot of concepts beyond his years and sometimes beyond my understanding.”
David revealed to WGAL that a few of his favourite professors kept him interested in his work and encouraged him to advance. “They didn’t bog me down,” he said. “They … advocated for me, saying, ‘He can do this. He can do that.’” To WGAL, a professor said: “We’re just proud that we [were] able to individualize his instruction.”
David’s teachers concurred that they gained knowledge from their unusually gifted student, who is known to his family as a computer programming and science wiz. Cody Derr, his science teacher, said: “David was an inspirational kid, definitely one who changes the way you think about teaching.”
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Since graduating from Reach Charter, David, a member of the Mensa high IQ group, has spent one semester at Bucks County Community College. He and his family have been investigating other colleges and institutions in the meanwhile to see which one would be the greatest fit for a youngster who, in addition to his academics, is pursuing a martial arts black belt, takes part in other sports, and plays the piano.
“Am I going to throw my nine-year-old into Harvard while I’m living in [Pennsylvania]?” Henry, David’s father, spoke about the family’s college quest. “No.” Unless, perhaps, it’s the right fit.