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Monday, January 15, 2024

Two Black Teens Make History, Earn Bachelor’s Degree While Still in High School

Abram Lewis and Khaya Njumbe

Nationwide — Meet Abram Lewis and Khaya Njumbe, both students from Gary, Indiana, who are will graduate this year with bachelor’s degrees before they graduate high school.

The duo, currently enrolled at Geo Academy’s 21st Century Charter School, are set to graduate both high school and college this year. After transferring, Lewis will get his bachelor’s degree from Purdue University Northwest, and Njumbe from Indiana University Northwest.

“It’s kind of surreal because I’m just getting a head start on college,” Lewis told Live 5 News.

These young scholars, aged 15 and 17, weren’t considering themselves as prodigies and instead emphasized their commitment and hard work.

Njumbe revealed the surprise of many around campus, mentioning, “Around campus, a lot of people were shocked when they saw me, especially when I was much younger. They would think I was the professor’s son or something of that sort.”

Taking college classes as high school students, they acknowledge the demanding workload. But they still find time for extracurricular activities. Njumbe engages in basketball and gymnastics, while both cherish moments reminiscent of a typical childhood.

Their hard work hasn’t gone unnoticed. Recently, they received high honors from a coalition of Black leaders in Indianapolis. Governor Eric Holcomb applauded their achievements, acknowledging their remarkable journey.

Moreover, Njumbe and Lews, with four associate degrees collectively, have set their sights on medical school. Njumbe aims for a master’s in public health, aspiring to specialize in orthopedic surgery. Meanwhile, Lewis follows in the footsteps of his older sister, who also earned her associate’s degree while in high school.