'Beyond his years': 9-year-old boy graduates high school

ByKYW Staff, CNNWire
Wednesday, March 15, 2023
9-year-old boy graduates high school
David Balogun, a 9-year-old boy, has graduated from high school in Harrisburg, PA.

HARRISBURG, Penn. -- Graduating high school is a big accomplishment and one Pennsylvania boy's graduation is making history.

Nine-year-old David Balogun received his diploma from Reach Cyber Charter School in Bucks County's Harrisburg after taking classes remotely, KYW reported.

He loves science and computer programming and credits a number of favorite teachers for his success.

While David's parents have advanced degrees, they say raising a young son with extraordinary intellectual gifts is challenging.

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"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 has also 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.

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Editor's note: This report was originally published in February 2023.