These Indianapolis teens just earned bachelor’s degrees while in high school

Abu Mubarik January 12, 2024
Black teens earn bachelor’s degrees while in high school. Photo credit: WISH TV

Earning a bachelor’s degree at any tertiary institution does not come easy. It takes hard work and years of attending lectures, assignments, and multiple exams to earn one. This comes with navigating primary and high school education.

Interestingly, Abram Lewis, 17, and Khaya Njumbe, 15, navigated high school and college courses at the same time to attain a bachelor’s degree even before they reached the age of 20.

The two teenagers from Gary were recently in Indianapolis for high honors and the event was highly patronized, with attendees coming from groups like the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, according to WISH-TV.

Lewis and Njumbe will receive a bachelor’s degree this spring. Lewis will receive his degree from Purdue Northwest. He already has an associate’s degree and he would like to go to medical school to become a neurosurgeon. He attends classes at 21st Century Charter School, a school under Geo Academies, a system of charters, and received credits for both degrees at the same time due to the way the curriculum is designed, according to WISH-TV.

Njumbe, on the other hand, is set to graduate from Ivy Tech this year with three associate’s degrees. Also, he will receive a bachelor’s degree from Indiana Northwest.

“Originally I planned to graduate high school at 12 years old,” said Njumbe. “Around campus, a lot of people were shocked when they saw me,” Njumbe said. “They would think I was the professor’s son.”

According to WISH-TV, Lewis is the second person in his family to achieve this feat after her elder sister. She got her associate’s degree while in high school and is set to get her Ph.D. while attending school in Texas.

Njumbe, whose mother migrated from South Africa to the USA over 30 years ago, plans to become an orthopedic surgeon.

The two teens were honored by a coalition of Black leaders in Indianapolis on Thursday. They said they manage their time so well that they still do childhood things like playing video games.

Last Edited by:Mildred Europa Taylor Updated: January 12, 2024


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