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Reading: 13-year-old boy bags Bachelor’s degree from US university, set to earn PhD in Physics at 18 years old
Reading: 13-year-old boy bags Bachelor’s degree from US university, set to earn PhD in Physics at 18 years old

13-year-old boy bags Bachelor’s degree from US university, set to earn PhD in Physics at 18 years old

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13-year-old boy bags Bachelor’s degree from US university, set to earn PhD in Physics at 18 years old
13-year-old boy bags Bachelor’s degree from US university, set to earn PhD in Physics at 18 years old

Elliott Tanner, a 13-year-old genius, has made history by graduating with a Bachelor’s degree in Physics and a minor in Mathematics from the University of Minnesota in the United States. This remarkable feat is three years behind the world’s youngest Bachelor’s degree holder, 10-year-old Michael Kearney. Upon graduating, Elliot expressed his joy to Life Science, saying, “I feel ecstatic. It is a truly surreal experience.”

 

His parents realized Elliott’s academic potential before he even entered school; he had already displayed remarkable skills in language and mathematics by the age of 3. At 5, he enrolled in his local kindergarten, but his parents quickly noticed the traditional education wasn’t suitable for him.

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His mother, Michelle Tanner, recalled, “He was talking about particle accelerators when he was 5 years old when other kids were pretending to be Superman on the playground.” By the time he attended university at 11, Elliott had already completed most of his college courses.

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Festus Conteh is an international youth that functions conveniently in all forms of writing including article writing, news, script, content writing, constitution and project/proposal writing. Writing is fun to Festus and has brought fame and recognition in his clime. In 2019, he was awarded best upcoming writer in an online writing completion that was organized by the Association of Sierra Leonean Authors (ASLA). After his impactful contribution to national development and cohesion through writing, he was nominated for the African Genius Award for the Best Writer in Africa Award Category an award he lost to one of the greatest African Writers - Chinua Achebe. In 2022, Festus was one of the applicants to the Commonwealth Youth Council (CYC) as Vice Chairperson (Policy and Advocacy) a process that met imperil feedback. As a freelancer, Festus has written articles for magazines, newspapers, and media houses and his articles have attracted big media houses including BBC, Aljazeera and Legit. Ng and is the Head of Programs at Salone Messenger a public relations firm based in Sierra Leone with the latest news and information. He is the founder of Africa’s Wakanda a platform that spotlight the beauty of Africa. Festus is also a perpetual volunteer in life-changing causes and has shown great commitment and dedication to being a catalyst and solution to the challenges faced by young people like himself. Festus currently serves as the Secretary General of the Africa Youth Leaders movement which is a network of youth between the ages of 20 – 30 years who have shown achievement, leadership potential and commitment to make a difference. Festus is also the Africa Focal Point of Youth for Change Initiative, which is a platform through which young people can access resources, be empowered and given the opportunity to grow to become useful members of society who will participate in the development of their communities and nation. Along with another Africa Youth platform, Festus has Co-Founded the Future of Africa initiative which is an advocate forum with the aim to bring together local and international socio-economic stakeholders to support innovative programs aimed at advancing the radical and practical progress of adoption awareness-vulnerable children and youth and youth leadership-through interlinking local, regional and international resources and opportunities.