Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, [email protected]
Usually teens graduate from high school and, if fortunate enough to follow their collegiate dreams, years later they get the honor of walking across the stage to receive a degree. Yet, for 14-year-old, homeschool student, Matthew McKenzie, his graduation order was anything but conventional.
“We like to do things differently in the homeschool community,” Mackenzie said to Fox 5 Atlanta, after graduating from Chattahoochee Tech with a degree in Interdisciplinary Studies during the day and later that evening receiving his high school diploma.
At 14, McKenzie is wowing the world with his educational tenacity and future goals, yet he has always been ahead of the game.
By 4-years-old, McKenzie was reading, by 8, he began taking high school courses, at 11, he was already enrolled in college courses, and now at 14 he graduated with an associates degree and as valedictorian of his high school class.
While the whiz kid deserves the accolades, his parents noticed his talent at an early age and began homeschooling him.
“We would pull material from different textbooks and custom create his curriculum,” his mother, Monique McCord, told Fox 5 Atlanta.
This fall McKenzie will begin courses at Kennesaw State University to study biochemistry. Afterwards, he wants to go to Georgia Teach to get Masters and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering.
“I want to be a Cosmetic Chemist. I want to start my own line of chemical products, the beauty of things,” said the 14-year-old, who has been planning his career since the age of 8.
“At one point he said I’m going to cure wrinkles, and I said, good because one-day mom is going to have wrinkles and I’m going to need you,” McCord said.
In addition to going to school, McKenzie enjoys playing football and plays saxophone with the Joyful Noise Homeschool band.