WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 12-year old student from North Carolina is graduating from high school and college in the same week.
- The boy took up extra classes during the pandemic.
- His high school GPA is 5.45, while his college GPA is 4.0.
12-year-old Mike Wimmer will graduate college on May 21, and high school on May 28.
The boy from Salisbury, North Carolina took up extra classes in school during the pandemic. After a year, he is almost finished with both high school and college.
Within that one year, Mike Wimmer completed two years of high school from Concord Academy High School, where he graduates as a valedictorian with a GPA of 5.45. He also completed a two-year associate’s degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with a 4.0 GPA.
But according to Wimmer, this wasn’t always his plan. He only realized that he just needed a few more classes to get his associate’s degree when he was taking dual enrollment classes.
A love of robotics
Wimmer was several years younger than his classmates, but they get along well, and he was even nominated last year to Homecoming Court.
In an interview with CNN, Wimmer said that he’s “the math and science guy.” He’s interested in robotics and has always liked technology. When he got his first iPad when he was barely two years old, he wondered how it worked.
According to Wimmer’s website Next Era Innovations, most of the boy’s knowledge on programming and robotics was gained through trial and error and online videos.
Wimmer also created his startup, Reflect Social, which, according to his website, “combines popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, providing a new dynamic social experience.”
The startup’s goal is to help other people by simplifying the use of smart home technology.
“My entrepreneurial goal is to build technology that enables people to live better lives,” Wimmer said.
What the future holds
Wimmer’s parents said they are proud of their son’s achievements. His mother, Melissa Wimmer, described Mike as someone who’ll always figure out how to accomplish his goals.
As for his next steps, Wimmer is considering many options, including more school, job offers in and out of the United States, or a fellowship that will help his startup grow.
But Wimmer also wants people to know, especially those people saying that he’s given up or lost his childhood, that he still plays basketball and builds legos like a normal kid.
“I say to them that I’m having the time of my life,” Wimmer said.