High school graduation is a significant achievement, and the graduation of a boy from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, is making history. 9 year old David Balogun, graduated from Harrisburg’s Reach Cyber Charter School after taking remote classes.
He attributes his accomplishments to a number of his favorite teachers and his love of science and computer programming.
While David’s parents have advanced degrees, they say raising a young son with extraordinary intellectual gifts is challenging.
“He’s a 9-year-old with a brain that just has the capacity to understand and comprehend a lot of concepts that’s beyond his years and sometimes beyond my understanding,” Ronya Balogun, David’s mother, said.
David Balogun also has ambitious goals for the future.
“I want to be an astrophysicist and I want to study black holes and supernovas,” he said.
After completing a semester at Bucks County Community College, the family is now looking at colleges and universities across the country.
David is also working to earn his black belt in martial arts.
David Balogun, is a member of the high intelligence quotient society Mensa, and has done one semester at Bucks county community college since graduating from Reach charter. Meanwhile, he and his family have been doing their research into other colleges and universities to try to find the one that is best suited for a boy who – besides his academics – is pursuing a martial arts black belt, enjoys other sports and plays the piano.
“Am I going to throw my nine-year-old into Harvard while I’m living in [Pennsylvania]?” David’s father, Henry, said of the family’s college search. “No.”