Millions of teenagers land across the country next May, along with other students, will decide to accept their high school diplomas with the necessary pomp and circumstance. Young adults being taught nationwide on the campus will happily throw their caps in the air to celebrate a bachelor's degree.
A 16-year-old student from Kansas will do both – just a few days apart.
Braxton Moral, a senior at Ulysses High School, will attend his high school graduation ceremony in Ulysses, Kansas, on May 19. "I'm really excited, and I've enjoyed learning some of the rewards from my work "said Braxton USA TODAY. "It just encourages me to work harder."
Braxton is well on the way to undergoing a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree at Harvard Extension School, with a major government and a minor in English, said Harry Pierre, Associate Director of Communications for the Department of Continuing Education Harvard.
Pierre could not confirm whether Braxton was the first high school student to obtain both the academic degree and the A-Levels in the same month.
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The trial was for Braxton, who was not easy his eyes on a career in government.
"The biggest challenge was time," he said. He noted that his high school had been "generous" by allowing him to spend some class time each day to focus on the strain of his college course.
"I spend a lot of time in the computer room – two to three hours After class" I get Harvard's job in Brocken, "said Braxton.
He began his seventh grade college search at the age of 11, According to his mother Julie Moral.
Braxton said the transition between elementary school and college-level courses showed a learning curve. "In the beginning, I was not as good as I am now," he said, especially when it was time to find out " how to write an essay. "
His favorite class at Harvard: Ancient Greek Heros, a course focused on Greek mythology, and in Braxton's spare time, which he claims to have more of it than people believe He said he does not broach the subject of college because of his friends' burning up a gulf that I do not want to be there. College is just something I do on the side. It does not make me different from them. "
However, the educational path of the young academic is anything but average.
The first signs His advanced intellect surfaced when Braxton was a toddler and his mother would say, "When he came to school with other students, we really noticed," said Julie. "He sat in the stands and at the volleyball games of his older siblings calculated the mathematical differences between the results. "
"The teachers all said that he had to be challenged."
In the second grade, Braxton took advanced English and reading classes, his mother said. In the third grade, he was driven to another school each day to attend high school math and English classes.
"He skipped fourth grade, and in fifth grade he did not even take math because he did not even have the math he could accept," Julie said.
His parents took him to a local community college to test, and the results showed that his intelligence "surpassed the sophomore level," Julie said. Duke University's talent identification program told the family that Braxton would continue to be challenged and suggested the morals should consider college-level courses.
The manners decided on the Harvard Extension School, where the family sent transcripts and letters of intent. Braxton said he had to complete a few placement tests and three classes before he could be admitted.
The Extension School is one of twelve colleges graduating from Harvard University. It serves "every time zone, every culture and every professional background, every age from 18 to 89 years", so the website. Braxton is 17 years old at the time of graduation.
He attended online courses at the Extension School until he attended high school when he spent the summer on the main campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Harvard takes over half of Braxton's school fees. Since he has no high school diploma, he has received no financial support. The family took some private loans from Sallie Mae to cover the costs.
Total academic tuition for the 2018-2019 academic year is $ 54,400, according to Harvard's expansion program.
Braxton, the youngest of four siblings, hopes his bachelor's degree in the fall will pave the way for admission to Harvard Law School.
"When I enter law school, I can graduate at 20 while the average age comes into effect. The school is 27 years old," he said. "So I always have this age."
The Harvard hype has given Braxton the opportunity to meet a number of political figures, including Supreme Court judges and members of the congress.
"I feel that most of my life has been influenced by Harvard, it has changed my point of view and has really exposed me to many things I would have been exposed to," said Braxton. 19659006] Kansas Govorner dr. Jeff Crolyer joined Twitter earlier this year after meeting Braxton. He wrote: "Had an opportunity yesterday to meet Braxton Moral in my office, this impressive young man graduates from Harvard at the age of 16. He wants to be a public servant, and I encouraged him." We are proud to call him one from Kansas & # 39; s own name! "
Julie said that in order to support her son's job prospects she must go against the educational norm. She said that she and her husband supported their children's interests and helped them to excel. She said Braxton's older siblings had graduated and ran their own businesses.
"We always try to keep him focused," Julie said of Braxton. "He knows he has something to do with his life that changes the world, that's just the responsibility you get when God gives you the brain he has."
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