A 12-year-old from North Carolina will graduate from high school and college in the same week after an impressive study load during the pandemic.
Mike Wimmer, from Salisbury, has always been a super-fast learner. He taught himself programming at the age of five and learned other new skills through online videos.
In his latest impressive achievement, Mike completed four years of high school classes – including two years of double enrollment for a college degree – before even becoming a teenager, graduating from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College seven next month. days before graduation Concord Academy High School as Referee.
Impressive! Mike Wimmer, of Salisbury, North Carolina, will graduate from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21 with a 4.0 GPA and as a valedictorian from Concord Academy HS with a 5.4 GPA on May 28.
After moving through school at a ‘faster pace’, he entered high school as a pre-teen and took double enrollment classes for a college degree
“I got through all the grades faster in school,” said the pre-teen WCNC. ‘I am like a sponge, I absorb knowledge very quickly.’
He had already preceded other kids his age when he started high school when most of his contemporaries were just starting high school.
Mike then enrolled in several double enrollment classes, which contributed to college credit in both his high school and the local community college.
He soon realized that if he took just a few more of those double enrollment classes, he could get his two-year associate’s degree at the same time as his high school diploma.
Not only did he succeed, but he did it at the top of his class. On May 21, he will graduate from a community college with a 4.0 GPA and on May 28, he will graduate from high school in the best of his class with a 5.4 GPA.
And while he is significantly younger than his classmates, Mike said he gets on well with them and was even nominated for Homecoming Court last year.
Little one: He started teaching himself computer programming at the age of five
Mike is interested in robotics and has his own startup that combines ‘popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices’
Looking ahead, he has plenty of options.
“I have many roads I could take, and while it is a difficult decision, it is exciting to complete this milestone in my journey,” he said. Southern life.
In addition to several job openings, he is considering further studies at two two colleges in North Carolina, and has also been offered a scholarship to work on his startup.
According to the website, his startup – dubbed Reflect Social – combines “ popular social media platforms with Internet of Things (IoT) devices, delivering a new dynamic social experience. ”
Mike wants to simplify how smart home technology works and tells CNN those are ‘business goal is to build technology that allows people to live better lives. ‘
“I am very proud to use my skills in support of our military men and women,” he told Southern Living. “If what I can offer protects or benefits our troops and brings only one soldier home safely to their families, then my efforts are worthwhile.”
Mike, a self-proclaimed ‘the math and science kid’ who deals with robotics and technology, got his first iPad when he was 18 months old and started programming at the age of five.
He decides what to do next, chooses from two colleges, several vacancies and a fellowship to work on his startup
He still enjoys things that other kids do, playing basketball, swimming and building with Lego
“That’s where I really kick-started everything,” he told WCNC. ‘I grew from there and am now learning a dozen languages.
“All I know is self-taught,” he added. “So trial and error and online videos and all.”
“When a door is locked, he will find another way to figure out how to achieve his goals,” gushed his mother, Melissa Wimmer.
While his parents are enthusiastic about his academic achievements, they are happy that he is doing well in other areas as well.
‘That social and soft side of him I think is the part that has really grown and really impressed us, much more so than just the academics,’ said his father, Mark Wimmer.
Even when he excels in the classroom, he still enjoys things other kids do, and enjoys playing basketball, swimming, and building with Lego.
“A lot of people think I’ve given up my childhood or somehow lost it,” said Wimmer. And I tell them I have the time of my life.
‘I’m still a kid and still doing things from 12 years old. I’m proud to be able to have a Zoom business meeting one minute and log a few miles on my knees the next while playing with Hot Wheels, ” he added.