Wow: 11 year-old is co-valedictorian of his senior class, fluent in Chinese and about to start college
By Britt L
There aren’t many child prodigies in the world; however, 11-year-old Carson Huey-You is one of them.
The child superstar wants to become a quantum physicist, scored a 1770 on the SAT and was co-valedictorian of his high school senior class. The youngster is now attending Texas Christian University, the youngest to ever study on campus.
Young Carson will graduate from college at the age of 15 or 16, before he is old enough to even hold a drivers’ license.
The school wouldn’t even allow Carson to apply online because the schools’ website doesn’t have the option of choosing 2002 as the year of someone’s birth.
Ray Brown, dean of admissions at the university, says Carson was impressive and talented during his college interview. Carson explained that he played piano and even spoke Mandarin Chinese fluently.
“Carson is at a place that will genuinely care about him as a person,” explained Brown when asked about Carson’s attendance at TCU.
Carson’s mother says that she knew Carson was a gifted child shortly after his birth. Her and Carson’s father began reading chapter books to Carson at the age of two, and started the toddler on Kumon math before he was even potty trained.
Because Carson was so brilliant, many schools refused to put the boy genius on their roster. His ability to learn at a quicker pace than other children made institutions turn away from the gifted child.
The 11-year-old was finally admitted to the Accommodated Learning Academy in Grapevine, Texas and graduated with a 4.0 GPA in May.
Even though Carson will be raking in more cash than most adults before he’s 19, he still loves to engage in child-like activities. He says that he loves online video gaming and watching movies like Star Wars. His favorite Jedi from the famous film is Master Windu.
Although Carson is phenomenal for being the youngest to ever enroll at TCU, a student by the name of Sam Hong was the youngest student to enrolled at a university. Hong graduated from college in 2011 at the age of 17.
Dr. Boyce Watkins, author of the book, Everything You Ever Wanted to Know about College, says that , even though most children are not as naturally gifted as Carson, there is a great deal of untapped potential in Black boys.
“Anyone who listens to a brilliant hip-hop artist who didn’t finish high school knows that there is a great deal of untapped potential in our children,” said Dr. Watkins, who created an audio lecture series called “The Eight Principles of Black Male Empowerment”.
Watkins says that parents who want their children to have a chance to excel should find creative ways to let them grow without being shut down by the constraints of the educational system.
“It’s hard to teach an eagle to fly if you’ve got him caged up in the living room,” Watkins says.
This is what brilliant Black boys can be if we give them a little bit of extra push. Good luck in college Carson; we’re proud of you.