The astounding world of recent child prodigies

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Most of us aspire to reach excellence in our fields and some of us reach the peak of our careers during adulthood but there are some who are so talented and skilled during childhood that they are comparable or even superior to adults.
There have been many child prodigies throughout history – composer Wolfgang Mozart, mathematician Srinivasa Ramaujan, singer Stevie Wonder, painter Pablo Picasso, chess grandmaster Judit Polgar, thinker Blaise Pascal and two time Nobel prize winner Marie Curie to name just a few.
Recently, a 13-year-old boy Jack Rico has become the youngest person to graduate from a college in California with four associate degrees and a perfect 4.0 GPA. He now plans to study at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on a full scholarship. 
Young Jack has earned four associate degrees from Fullerton College in California and was the youngest of 21,000 students becoming the youngest graduate in the history of the college thus making him very well known on the campus. Jack, like his elder sister was also home schooled which allowed him time to learn and to be creative.  
Jack admitted that he found the studying both stressful and challenging but was determined to push on. He plans to continue his education and study history at the University of Nevada on a full scholarship. Initially, his goal was to complete an associate's degree but he ended up taking classes in four subjects: history; arts and human expression; social behavior and self- development; and social science. 
Unfortunately, his first official graduation was canceled as a result of the pandemic so his family held a private drive-by parade outside their front door for him. Jack’s classes will start next month and he will initially be taught remotely. When Jack is not hitting the books, he is said to be passionate at playing video games.
“I was a little sad and disappointed because I never had a graduation. I've always been interested in history,” Jack told CNN.
“He’s not a genius, Jack just works very hard. He just loves information and loves learning and he is really 13 when it comes to play. He will get done with his work just to get to his video games as fast as he can,” Jack's mom Ru Andrade said. “He came out smart. He was always like an old soul,” the proud mom added.
This list explores child prodigies in various fields in today’s modern world:
  • Philippine’s Mikaela Irene Fudolig (born 1991) entered University when she was 11 years old. She graduated as Bachelor of Science in Physics at age 16.
  • India’s Akrit Pran Jaswal  (born 1993) became well-known when he performed his first surgery at just 7 years old and considered a medical genius.
  • American Taylor Ramon Wilson (born 1994) is the youngest person in the world to build a device designed to create nuclear fusion at age of 14 and a bomb at 10 years.
  • United Kingdom’s Cameron Thompson is math prodigy corrected his teacher at age 4 and began studying his degree in mathematics at the Open University at age 11.
  • American Jacob Barnett (born 1998) was diagnosed with moderate to severe autism but was able to recite alphabets forwards and backwards at three years old. He enrolled at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis at age 10.
  • Hong Kong citizen March Tian Boedihardjo  (born 1998) is the youngest person to enroll at HK University at 9 years old finishing his A-levels and a double-degree program, Bachelor of Science in Mathematical Science and Master of Philosophy in Mathematics when he was 13 years old.
  • Indian Priyanshi Somani (born 1998) started mental calculation at the age of six and by age 11 was the youngest participant at the Mental Calculation World Cup of 2010 which she not only won but was the only participant to have 100 percent accuracy in addition, multiplication, and square roots in the history of the competition.
  • German Akim Camara (born 2000) began playing the violin at the age of two and made his debut performance at the age of three at a Christmas concert in Berlin.
  • American Ethan Jordan Bortnick (born 2000) a musician, songwriter and actor is the world’s youngest solo musician to headline his own tour. He is also the youngest headliner to ever play Las Vegas when he was just 10.
  • American Tanish Matthew Abraham (born 2003) of Indian origin is among the youngest members of Mensa scoring a high 99.9 percentile on the standardized IQ test. At five years old, he finished the math courses offered by Stanford University’s Education Program for Gifted Youth in just six months.