WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 12-year-old boy from North Carolina finished high school and college in the same week.
- He took up advanced classes in his free time during the coronavirus pandemic.
- The boy started his first technology company when he was 7 years old.
12-year old Mike Wimmer finished high school as class valedictorian. In the same week, he graduated from college.
The boy from North Carolina said he took advantage of his downtime during the coronavirus pandemic to increase his workload.
“I didn’t have to commute to school, so that actually gave me a lot more time to be able to pick up extra classes,” Wimmer said.
He finished his high school requirements in December, and during the spring semester, he focused on his community college work. In an interview with Morgan Radford of the 3rd hour of TODAY, Wimmer said he’s always been an advanced student.
He shared about the time when he went into a little summer camp when he was young, and when his mom came to pick him up the first day, the camp staff asked his mom if she knows that her child can write his full name and do multiplication facts.
Wimmer said academics come easy because he loves learning, but growing up, he was sometimes not taken seriously and had a hard time taking the classes he wanted to take.
According to Wimmer, when people find out his age, they say, “Oh, well, you can’t do this curriculum,’ or, ‘It’s just too rigorous for you.” So for Wimmer, the hardest part was gaining credibility, and finding educators that were willing to foster his ability.
Besides the academic workload, Wimmer also has some impressive extracurriculars. He founded his first technology company, Next Era Innovations when he was just 7 years old. He also received a nomination for his high school’s homecoming court.
Despite some people being concerned about Wimmer spending so much of his childhood working and learning, the young entrepreneur said he’s happy about his decisions.
He told Radford that in his room, there’s Hot Wheels cars along the wall, tracks on the floor, and Legos all over the place. “I’m having the time of my life doing everything, whether that is school and my businesses and still being a kid as well,” said Wimmer.
To kids who want to follow their dreams, Wimmer advised:
“When one door closes, there’s always another door, even a window you can crawl through,” he said.