Pennsylvania 9-year-old graduates from high school, starts college

HARRISBURG, Pa. (WHTM) — A 9-year-old boy in Pennsylvania has done something other children his age will take another nine years to do: graduate high school and begin college.

Soon after starting with Harrisburg-based Reach Cyber Charter School, David Balogun tested out of elementary and middle school and started his high school curriculum.

“I finished eighth grade in 2 1/2 months and then I started high school,” Balogun explained to Nexstar’s WHTM. He said attending school remotely allowed him to excel at a faster pace.

His mother, Ronya Balogun, said his journey began two years earlier.

“When he heard the word ‘STEM’ program, at 7 years old, he was jumping up and down. I said ‘OK, this is where we’re going, this is what we’re doing.’ He loved it from the first moment. It’s been an amazing journey,” she told WHTM.

As a high school graduate, David is now taking classes at Buck County Community College in Newtown, Pennsylvania, and together as a family, they’re exploring what’s next.

They’re currently looking into Ivy League schools — including the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Harvard — but living on campus is not an option for the 9-year-old.

“It’s something we really have to think about really seriously,” Dr. Henry Balogun, David’s father, explained.

David said that after he finishes college, he’d like to become an astrophysicist.


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