POSTED: Monday, May 18, 2009 - 8:39am
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:23pm
13-year-old Minnesota boy graduates from college...
Lots of 13-year-olds graduate this time of year; graduate from eigth grade, that is.
13-year-old Caleb Kumar is graduating from community college, and he hasn't even started high school yet.
Caleb is the youngest person to graduate from any of the 32 schools in the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities system.
"I was always enamored by math," Caleb said.
Caleb's talent for math first appeared when he was a preschooler.
"He was adding when he was three and four," said Caleb's mother, Eugenia Paulus. "Adding and subtracting, checking bills, checking change, things like that."
When Caleb was nine, he enrolled at North Hennepin Community College and took classed at night and on weekends.
"At first I got a lot of confused glares and stares so I just sort of went with it," Caleb said. "People don't mind me anymore."
During the day, Caleb attends Breck School with kids his own age. His eighth grade finals are next week. And though he already has an Associate of Arts degree from North Hennepin, Caleb will start high school at Breck this fall.
"If he went off to college, I think he would become too focused, too intense on the pure academics. He needs the social part too," said Caleb's mom.
Caleb said he was nervous to get his diploma, but also grateful. He said while walking across the stage, he'll be thinking of all the people who helped him earn his first degree.
"Especially my mom. She's been a real help," Caleb said. "And she would always drive me wherever I needed to be. She was always there if I needed to talk to her about anything."