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David Balogun: Nigerian Boy, 9, Becomes One Of The Youngest Ever High School Graduates

A 9-year-old from Bucks County, Pennsylvania, who graduated from high school and is now attending college, believes that his impressive feat is one that other young children can achieve as well.

David graduated as the youngest student from Reach Cyber Charter School in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, and is now enrolled at Bucks County Community College.



“I would say that you should know what you’re good at and what you’re not good at, because if you’re not good at a subject, you shouldn’t be put down that you didn’t get an A-plus in that subject,” David Balogun told “Good Morning America.”



“If you’re not that good at that subject but if you’re good at, let’s say, all your other subjects or most of your other subjects, you can still excel and graduate at a young age.”


David embarked on an accelerated program and studied year round, embracing a variety of subjects.

“As my mom puts it, my favorite subject is learning new things,” David said. “Whether it’s art, math, science, English, social studies, I’ll be happy to learn something new.”


He said he enjoys math and science, particularly nuclear chemistry, and he hopes to work in astronomy, engineering, or software development one day.

When he is not studying, David enjoys building robots and watching online videos on topics ranging from astronomy to physiology.

David’s mother, Ronya Balogun, told “GMA” that her family is “extremely proud” of her son’s accomplishments thus far.

Henry Balogun, David’s dad, said, “It has always been my joy to see my son in this position today.”

“This is fantastic and we are deeply grateful to God that he was able to achieve his goal,” he added. “He’s still on his way. He has not reached the end yet and now he is in college.”

Ronya Balogun said her message to other parents is to support your child whenever possible. “It’s very rewarding but you have to kind of get yourself outside of the box and be able to see things outside of the system and advocate and speak up and not give up,” she said.

“Be their own cheerleader, believe in them, even when they sometimes doubt themselves. Just believe in them and that’s what I tell my son, ‘As far as you want to go, go. There is no limits to where you want to go. There is no limit to your dreams.'”



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