SALISBURY, North Carolina: A 12-year-old North Carolina boy passed the Covid closure by taking online classes and graduating this month, earning both high school and college education.
Mike Wimmer, 12, of Salisbury, will graduate May 21 from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with an associate’s degree, as well as a high school diploma from Concord Academy High School on May 28.
Wimmer will also be the high school class valedictor. He will graduate with a 5.45 GPA in high school and a 4.0 GPA in college.
“I passed all the school grades at a faster pace,” Wimmer told WCNC-TV. “I’m like a sponge, I get acquainted very quickly.”
Wimmer recalled that due to the blockade, he discovered that if he only added a few extra classes he could graduate from both schools at the same time. He was able to complete two years of high school and two years of community college classes in a single year.
He told local media he is studying his next options, such as enrolling in a new school, going to work or starting a business.
Wimmer added that he remains an avid baseball player and likes to build Lego sets.
“A lot of people think I’ve abandoned my childhood or somehow lost it,” Wimmer said, “and I tell them I’m spending time in my life.”