• Kansas teen graduating from high school, Harvard less than two weeks apart

    By: Kelcie Willis, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    ULYSSES, Kan. - Six months after making national headlines, Braxton Moral is set to graduate high school and get a degree from Harvard University -- and the accomplishments will be made days apart.

    Moral, 17, graduated from Ulysses High School in Ulysses, Kansas, on Sunday. He will graduate with a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree in government from Harvard Extension School May 30, ABC News reported. He minored in English at the school.

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    “I’m relieved to have a little bit of a head start,” Moral told “Good Morning America.” “I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do (in life).”

    As part of Harvard Extension School, Moral has been going to college and K-12 since he was 11 years old.

    “My parents noticed I was bored in school and needed something to inspire growth, so they ended up finding the Extension School,” Moral told CNN.

    Ulysses High School senior Braxton Moral sits for a portrait at the school in Ulysses, Kansas, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018. The 17-year old graduates from high school and Harvard weeks apart in May.
    Sandra J. Milburn/The Hutchinson/AP

    Moral’s parents knew that their son was intellectually gifted at a young age, and was noticed by one of his professors at Harvard, too.

    “Intellectually, he is extraordinary, but more than that, it is his discipline and endeavor which has enabled him to begin adult life with such startling success,” Kevin McGrath, an associate professor in south Asian studies who taught Moral at Harvard, told “GMA.”

    Next, Moral hopes to go to Columbia University and study constitutional law.

    Moral has written about his experience in his book, “Harvard in the Heartland,” which will be released in September.

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