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A 10-Year-Old Genius Just Graduated From High School

Most American high school graduates know how to drive and can legally vote. But not Tanishq Abraham

Ten-year-old Tanishq Abraham, who at the age of 4 was one of the youngest Americans accepted into the high-IQ society Mensa, has graduated from high school with a 4.0 GPA.

Abraham told local news station KXTV that while the work wasn’t hard, it wasn’t easy either. “The way my brain works is that when you give me something, information about that topic comes into my mind,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but that’s how it is for me.”

The home-schooled Sacramento native said he aspires to be a doctor or a scientist — but also hopes to one day become President. He’s also already known as a local celebrity, having given a TedX talk at 9 years old.

Abraham has been taking college classes since the age of 7 and is currently finishing his associate’s degree from American River College. From there he’ll attend the University of California at Davis, a decision made by his mother to keep him close to home, reports Reuters.

The Golden State has had a streak of child geniuses. The Harding family in San Jose has had seven (so far) of their 10 children go to college by the age of 12.

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