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Reading: 9-Year-Old Sets World Record As Youngest High School Graduate, Wants To Study Astrophysics One Day
Reading: 9-Year-Old Sets World Record As Youngest High School Graduate, Wants To Study Astrophysics One Day

9-Year-Old Sets World Record As Youngest High School Graduate, Wants To Study Astrophysics One Day

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In the United States, it is typical for students to enroll in middle school at the age of nine, with high school still a few years away. However, one exceptional student has surpassed that level and graduated from high school at the age of nine, setting a record.

David Balogun, a member of Mensa, has always been passionate about science and computer programming. This passion has led him to become one of the world’s youngest high school graduates, thanks to accelerated online classes. After completing the third-grade curriculum, he officially became the youngest graduate of Reach Cyber Charter School.

David is now enrolled at a community college, earning credits towards his college degree. In a news conference, he expressed his desire to become an astronomer and study black holes and supernovas. His insatiable curiosity, according to his parents, has equipped him for scholastic achievement.

Aside from academics, David also enjoys activities such as baseball, karate, and spending time with his sister. He has been awarded the 2022 Distinguished Student Award from the Pennsylvania Association of Gifted Education.

David’s official high school graduation ceremony is scheduled to take place in June. While he is not the youngest high school graduate on record (Michael Kearney holds that title at the age of six in 1990), David is still an exceptional and inspiring young student with a bright future ahead of him.

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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.