Mike Wimmer's sheer determination and hard work are what helped him complete 4 years of schooling —two years of high school and a two-year associate's degree— in just a year.
A 12-year-old boy from North Carolina is here to prove that no age is too young to reach for your goals. Mike Wimmer, of Salisbury, hasn't even crossed his teen years, but he's managed to accomplish something that some adults themselves find difficult. The little boy is preparing to mark two huge accomplishments off his list as he's about to graduate from high school and college together. Mike, of Salisbury, is set to graduate from Concord Academy High School on May 28 and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21, WCNC reported. Wimmer's sheer determination and hard work are what helped him complete 4 years of schooling —two years of high school and a two-year associate's degree— in just a year.
A 12-year-old in North Carolina used the downtime he had during the pandemic to take on a few extra classes in school.— CNN (@CNN) April 28, 2021
Now, one year later, Mike Wimmer is getting ready to graduate high school and college -- in the same week. https://t.co/DyGTuxdDbw
If that isn't impressive enough, then here's more. Mike has a 5.45 GPA at Concord, where he's the valedictorian, and a 4.0 GPA at Rowan-Cabarrus, CNN reported. Now here's where it gets mind-blowingly spectacular. The young lad is also the founder of two tech startup companies called Next Era Innovations and Reflect Social. "A lot of people think I've given up my childhood or somehow lost it," Mike said. "And I say to them that I'm having the time of my life." Apparently, his interest in tech began when he was just a tiny little infant. "I was really always drawn to it," Mike explained. "At 18 months old with my first iPad, I started to wonder, 'Well, how does it work?'"
damn and here I was thinking I was doing alright just making good enough grades on my online college classes— GD (@greysonmffl) April 28, 2021
When he was five, Mike says he "jump started everything" by nurturing an interest in computer programming. "I've grown from there to now learning about a dozen languages," he said. "Everything that I know is self-taught. So trial and error and online videos and everything." With time, Mike realized he was able to grasp much more than his peers. But despite the age gap, Mike says he's been able to develop and maintain great relationships with his peers. He was even nominated to Homecoming Court last year! "I went through all of the grades in school at a faster pace. I'm like a sponge, I take in knowledge very fast," he explained.
Jeez, I was busy chasing ice cream trucks at twelve...😁😁— Jamison Malkovich 🇺🇦🇮🇹🇺🇲🌊🌊🏖️🍺 (@redhorse6531) April 28, 2021
"I've always been drawn to the science of technology, but I am a very well-rounded student and do exceptionally well in all subjects." Mike's parents can't help but praise their son with his graduation fast approaching. "If one door's locked, he'll find out another way around to figure out how to accomplish his goals," his mom, Melissa Wimmer said. His dad, Mark Wimmer, also talked about how his son has grown outside of academics as well. "That social and soft skill side of him, I think, is the part that's really grown and really impressed us even much more than just the academics, for sure," Mark explained.
That's awesome, we definitely need more feel good stories in the world today... Great job young man!!👍— B. Mann (@okbulldog133) April 28, 2021
Now, when asked what he's got planned for his future, Mark replied by saying he plans on pursuing a career in robotics and computer programming. As for his future options, he's got quite a few of them, including job offers in and out of the US, pursuing more schooling or participating in a fellowship that can help with his startups. While a lot of people commented that Mike has lost his childhood, Vicki Pelton Koenen wrote: The kid is highly intelligent. He most likely was bored with the lower grades and would have suffered mentally by being held back. Luckily they realized his potential and let him proceed at his own pace. One day he will do great things. Good for him. What do you think about this?
How is he not having a childhood? Because he’s really good academically? People look for criticism in everything these days, just drop some congratulations or move on.— Bradley UpperCrust da 3rd (@DaUppercrust) April 28, 2021