10-year-old California boy receives high school diploma

By Amanda Holtzer,

Tanishq Abraham, all of 10 years of age, has become one of the youngest people ever to graduate high school in the United States. He received his diploma at a private ceremony on Sunday in front of family and friends at the California Auto Museum.

Tanishq was homeschooled, and successfully met the state requirements to graduate. He earned a 4.0 GPA, the New York Daily News reports. Tanishq said, “It wasn’t, like, easy, but it was not that hard either.”

Tanishq’s mother, Taji Abraham, has always known her son was intelligent, but she didn't fully understand just how much. She told KXTV, “I had a hunch he was a little gifted, but of course my husband didn’t believe that and we had to wait about two to three years. Once we got a formal IQ test, that’s when we figured it out.”

At the age of 4, he joined Mensa, a group for people who’s IQ was in the top two percent of the population.

When asked about his hopes and goals for the future, Tanishq said, “My ultimate goal would be science, like scientist or doctor, but also want to be president too.”

President Obama even sent Tanishq a congratulatory letter for his accomplishments.

The young genius is grateful for his family in their help and support of his success. In the future, he wishes to attend medical school at UC Davis and find a cure for cancer. He currently is attending American River College.



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