SALISBURY, NC — Child prodigies come along only so often. There’s Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Stevie Wonder, and a few others who throughout history accomplished an unprecedented amount at their age.
Mike Wimmer of Salisbury, North Carolina, is among the latest to put his name among the historic greats. The 12-year-old boy is set to graduate from high school and college before the end of May, a number of news outlets, including CNN and WCNC, have reported.
“I’m having the time of my life,” Wimmer told CNN a month before he is to become an alum of both Concord Academy High School in Concord and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College in Salisbury — before most kids his age are still a couple of years away from just starting high school.
Wimmer isn’t only graduating from two schools, on two different educational levels, at the same time. He’s leaving both with perfect, or near perfect, grades. Wimmer is set to earn his associate’s degree from the community college with a 4.0 grade point average, while he has a 5.45 high school GPA, CNN reported.
Patch has reached out to Concord Academy High School. Typically, a 5.45 GPA would mean a student would need to reach nearly the highest grades possible in honors and advanced placement courses, since the traditional top unweighted GPA is 4.0.
He has been confirmed as the valedictorian of Concord Academy’s class of 2021, according to WCNC. Since the start of the coronavirus pandemic, Wimmer completed both his junior and senior years of high school while pulling off the entire associate’s degree.
Wimmer’s ambition goes beyond the classroom. Not yet a teenager, he’s the founder of Next Era Innovations, a company that says it is “redefining the future” of artificial intelligence and the STEM world.
“Even at this young age, Mike has an extensive understanding of the coding and robotic world,” the company’s website states. “He sees the next era in history beginning now with major advancements in the symbiosis between humans and AI robots.”
With a plethora of future opportunities, Wimmer told CNN his options include more school, job offers in and out of the United States or a fellowship that will allow him to grow Next Era Innovations.
Still making time for kid activities and enjoying his childhood, Wimmer shared a clear outlook on life in his WCNC interview, sharing his desire to learn from mistakes and “ultimately find success.”