A nine-year-old Pennsylvanian youngster with a passion for science and programming has emerged as one of the youngest graduates of high school in history. He has begun working on his bachelor’s degree.
WGAL, a television station in the Philadelphia neighborhood of Bensalem, reported on Saturday that a student named David Balogun graduated from a cyber charter school in Harrisburg, the state capital, while attending lessons online from his home in the area.
Nine year old boy, David Balogun, graduates HIGH SCHOOL! Loves Computer Programming and wants to be an astrophysicist!
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— Danny Thompson (@DThompsonDev) February 5, 2023
Ranks Amongst The Youngest
According to a list produced by the history and culture webpage oldest.org, David now ranks among the youngest recorded children to graduate from high school.
Only Michael Kearney, who graduated high school at the age of six in 1990 and went on to receive master’s degrees at the ages of 14 and 18, and won more than $1 million on game shows, is younger than David on that list.
David would rank higher than 11-year-old Pulitzer Prize winner and writer Ronan Farrow on such a list.
David told WGAL that he made up his mind on what he wants to do with his life professionally once he graduates.
He told the news reporter he dreams of studying black holes and supernovae as an astronomer.
9-year-old boy Pennsylvania boy graduates high school.
David Balogun becomes one of the youngest ever graduates.
He likes computers and science:@BarbaraBarrWGAL. @WGAL3
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Both of David’s parents have PhDs, but they told WGAL they struggle to keep up with his remarkable intelligence.
Ronya, David’s mom, told the media she had to think outside the box, throwing the balls around the house and having pillow fights when you’re not supposed to. This nine-year-old boy has a mind that can process information at a level well above his age and sometimes even above hers.
Encouraged and Motivated
David mentioned to WGAL that a few of his favorite educators were essential in keeping him interested in school and motivating him to do his best.
They apparently didn’t slow him down too much, according to his account. They defended him and encouraged him, assuring him he would succeed. Sure, he’s capable of doing that.
While speaking with WGAL, one teacher expressed satisfaction at having tailored lessons to each student’s needs.
Family and friends characterize David as a genius in the fields of computer programming and science; he has been described as such by his instructors as well.
Cody Derr, David’s science teacher, said he was an amazing student who would make you reevaluate your approach to teaching.
After finishing high school at Reach charter, David enrolled in Bucks County Community College for one semester. He is a member of the high-IQ society, Mensa.
Furthermore, he and his family have been exploring various institutions in quest of the ideal fit for a student who, in addition to his academic pursuits, is training for a black belt in martial arts, participates in other activities, and enjoys playing the piano.