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9-year-old Pennsylvania boy enters youngest high school graduates' league

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A nine-year-old boy in the US state of Pennsylvania with a passion for science and computer programming has become one of the youngest high school graduates on record. David Balogun earned his diploma from Reach Cyber Charter School, based in Harrisburg, through remote classes from his family home in Bensalem, near Philadelphia.

This achievement places David among the youngest high school graduates known to history, according to Michael Kearney holds the Guinness World Record for the youngest high school graduate, having completed high school at six years old in 1990. David's graduation surpasses that of Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ronan Farrow, who finished high school at the age of 11. David has already begun accumulating college credits.

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David told local television station WGAL that he has a clear vision for his future profession once he finishes his education. "I want to be an astrophysicist, and I want to study black holes and supernovas," he said to the station.

David's parents, who both hold advanced degrees, told WGAL that it can be a challenge to raise a child with such exceptional intelligence. "I had to get outside of the box," David's mother, Ronya, said to the outlet. "Playing pillow fights when you're not supposed to, throwing the balls in the house. He's a nine-year-old with the brain that has the capacity to understand and comprehend a lot of concepts beyond his years and sometimes beyond my understanding."

David told WGAL that some of his favorite teachers helped keep him engaged with his studies and pushed him to keep progressing.

"They didn't bog me down," he said. "They … advocated for me, saying, 'He can do this. He can do that'."

One instructor said to WGAL that they're just proud that they are able to individualise his instruction.

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David's teachers reported that they not only taught, but also learned from their exceptional student, who is known among his loved ones for his expertise in computer programming and science.

His science teacher Cody Derr said, "David was an inspirational kid, definitely one who changes the way you think about teaching."

David, a member of the high IQ society Mensa, has completed a semester at Bucks County Community College after graduating from Reach Charter. He and his family are actively researching colleges and universities to find the best fit for a boy who is not only academically gifted but also a martial arts black belt aspirant, sports enthusiast, and pianist.

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