13-year old Graduates From High School

13-year old Graduates From High School

There are 63 comments on the WLTX Columbia story from Jun 7, 2008, titled 13-year old Graduates From High School. In it, WLTX Columbia reports that:

Whitney said, "It's spectacular that I'm graduating, but I mean that's about it." Whitney maybe too modest to toot his own horn, but I'm not.

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Marysville, OH

#1 Jun 7, 2008
Wow! Way to go, kid!

I'm 21 and while I get good grades it is sometimes a struggle to just do college at once. But high school and college at the same time is something to be proud of!

Sumter, SC

#2 Jun 7, 2008
Do we have another Doogie Howser in the making? Congratulations, young man!

Myrtle Beach, SC

#3 Jun 7, 2008

Irmo, SC

#4 Jun 7, 2008
this kid is a very smart kid. Congratulations to this young kid good luck buddy.
Glass Houses

Newberry, SC

#5 Jun 7, 2008
Childhood? Friends?

“Speak your mind.”

Since: Aug 07

Chester, SC

#6 Jun 7, 2008
Glass Houses wrote:
Childhood? Friends?
Homeschoolers often have networks where the children engage in activities (academic, athletic, etc.), as well as socializing. I don't know about other states, but I know that in Florida, homeschool children have to be given the opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities in the district they live in.(Tim Tebow, Florida quarterback, was homeschooled, but was able to play high school football this way.)

This is clearly an extraordinary achievement, and I commend him for his sustained focus and follow-through...as well as saying that this is an exceptional case which doesn't necessarily mean that homeschooling is inherently better than public school!
Stop it

Decatur, GA

#7 Jun 8, 2008
Congratulations. I wish him much success.

Columbia, SC

#8 Jun 8, 2008
I've always said, if you want to give your children a good education, homeschool them. Public schools are nothing but socialist run factories that are full of thugs and gangs.

“Live Love and Laugh”

Since: Aug 07


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Myrtle Beach, SC

#10 Jun 8, 2008
Maybe less "friends" but being exposed to those who share the will to achieve and become productive citizens is a better choice. I did not home school but as a former teacher, seeing the parental dedication to provide the best in all areas of their children's education and what these young folks achieve impresses me!
Get Real

Society Hill, SC

#11 Jun 8, 2008
I wish I was that smart! Congrats kid.
Columbia Mother

Columbia, SC

#12 Jun 8, 2008
I know nothing about this fellow but I suspect he's doing exactly what he wants to and is not feeling deprived in any way. People with extraordinary intellects do not necessarily want to hang out on My Space or spend time with a video game in their hands. His interests most likely are in academics and I imagine he is happy as a clam among higher educated youth.
Mom to 2


#13 Jun 8, 2008
How spectacular!!!! What a rare and refreshing young man. Good luck to you. You set an example that I am sure many of us would like our kids to look up to. Remain true to yourself and go after your dreams.

“Protect our natural resources”

Since: Jul 07

Napa Valley

#14 Jun 8, 2008
Terrific, you make me proud just to read and hear about you. May yor life be good.

United States

#15 Jun 8, 2008
Good job! I wish him much success!

“Happiness is a warm puppy”

Since: May 08

Newberry SC

#16 Jun 8, 2008
This is an outstanding achievement, Congratulations!!!
Maybe this state could take some pointers from you, after all they are ranked the 4th worst in the country for kids graduating on time.
Keep up the good work.
Americas finest

Columbia, SC

#17 Jun 8, 2008
Woo-hooh! Finally some good news! Keep up the good work and see you at college graduation. What? Maybe three years from now :)
sane educator

Rock Hill, SC

#18 Jun 8, 2008
you all really think that this is a good thing that a 13 year old has "graduated" high school? has this child not missed out on normal childhood activities? he should have an excellent college experience at his age.

Miami, FL

#19 Jun 8, 2008
That's my neighbor!

United States

#20 Jun 8, 2008
Always someone who has to have a negative comment isn't there. This boy, from his own words, "I just wake up in the morning and do school work until late afternoon and then goof off," doesn't sound like he's missing out on much. It wouldn't be any different if he was riding a school bus for an hour to get to school, spending all day in school and then riding an hour home. MAYBE he just likes learning, and is willing, unlike some, to want to do the work.
College is hard for ANYONE, unless you really want to apply yourself to it, which a lot of them don't want to, only to "just get by."
At 13, he sounds more mature than you sane educator, if you are sane that is.

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