A 12-year-old kid had some extra time during the pandemic, so he decided to take a few extra classes. Like, a lot of them. Enough that one year later, as lockdowns are ending and restrictions are beginning to lift, he has FINISHED high school. And college.
That’s right, a junior high student in North Carolina used his downtime to finish high school AND college in the same year. Mike Wimmer gets to attend two graduations in the same week, and he’ll be the youngest student at both of them.
He completed four full years of schooling over the last year. Two years of high school and a two-year associate’s degree from a local community college. He even finished as the high school valedictorian. HE IS 12 YEARS OLD.
He finished high school with a 5.45 GPA and finished college (dual enrollment classes) with a 4.0 GPA. He was even voted on the homecoming court in his high school. HE IS 12 YEARS OLD.
Wimmer told CNN he loves technology and math and wants to make technology that makes people’s lives easier. He’s weighing his next options, whether it’s more schooling or a job offer (he has multiple) in robotics. HE IS 12 YEARS OLD.
He also said he’s not missing out on his childhood, as he still does things like build lego and play basketball.
“A lot of people think I’ve given up my childhood or somehow lost it,” Wimmer said, “and I say to them that I’m having the time of my life.”
It’s probably safe to say Wimmer responded to the pandemic and remote learning better than most. Throw another pandemic at him and he’ll probably walk away with a few PhDs.
This kid is going places. Multiple places. At once. Always and forever. Throw a turtleneck on him and call him the next Steve Jobs. He’s done more than enough to make all of the rest of us feel guilty for how little we got done while we were at home more than usual. And it’s safe to say he had a high school and college experience unlike anyone else.