In the identical week, Mike Wimmer and his household celebrated his highschool and faculty graduations in Harmony, North Carolina. And he’s simply 12 years previous.
Mike accomplished 4 years of faculty in a single 12 months – two years of highschool and a two-year affiliate’s diploma. He graduated from Rowan-Cabarrus Neighborhood Faculty on Could 21 and from Harmony Academy Excessive College on Could 28, the place he was valedictorian.
He mentioned his faculty GPA was 4.0, and his highschool GPA was 5.45.
“I would all the time simply went via issues at a a lot sooner tempo and all the time had these completely different out-of-the-box concepts to resolve issues,” he advised USA TODAY.
Mike began highschool at age 9 and realized that with the quantity of twin enrollment credit he was taking, he might end his affiliate diploma concurrently. He graduated with an affiliate within the arts.
Although Mike was a lot youthful than his classmates in highschool and faculty, his mom, Melissa Wimmer, mentioned he adjusted to the age hole simply. Whereas she says she was anxious, she credit the straightforward transition to his capability to make pals “with anybody and everybody.”
When he wasn’t centered on his lecturers, Mike based two firms. His first is Subsequent Period Improvements, the place he develops robotic functions and programming. His latest challenge is Mirror Social, wherein Mike mentioned he is fixing the issue of getting separate functions on separate gadgets. Mirror Social combines varied functions onto one suitable system.
Regardless of fast-tracking via highschool, the graduate mentioned he’s nonetheless only a child.
“I play with Scorching Wheels tracks and have Legos. Many individuals suppose that I misplaced my childhood or one thing like that. However on the whole, I’m having the time of my life doing the whole lot and nonetheless have that child issue as effectively,” Mike mentioned.
Melissa Wimmer and her husband, Mark, mentioned they by no means anticipated their son to perform all he has so younger in life. They mentioned they by no means pushed him however as a substitute supported his passions.
“What we are saying as dad and mom is assist your youngster in precisely what they wish to do and in their objectives, their goals, not yours or not those that you want to for them to do,” Mark Wimmer mentioned. “As soon as you discover that keenness, whether or not or not it’s lecturers, sports activities, music, artwork, no matter space that’s, attempting to assist that and get them entry as a lot as potential.”
Now Mike is weighing job presents, specializing in his firms and contemplating a four-year college. Till then, he is holding on to “kid-like” goals sooner or later.
“Then there’s say long-term objectives of shopping for my first sports activities automotive as soon as I flip 16, proper? As a result of, once more, I am nonetheless only a child,” he mentioned. “So actually, I do not actually put myself in a field. … I simply flow and see the place it takes me.”
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