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12-Year-Old Graduates from High School, Head to College for Dual Degrees

A 12-year-old, Suborno Isaac Bari, sets record of being the youngest high school graduate from Malverne High School in Malverne, New York. Suborno Bari said he dreams of helping others learn math and science and hopes to be a professor one day. Suborno Bari appreciated his high school experience, noting that teachers treated him like any other student.

Twelve-year-old Suborno Isaac Bari is set to graduate from Malverne High School in Malverne, New York, making him the youngest scholar ever to do so in Nassau County, according to the Malverne Union Free School District.

Suborno expressed his excitement to “Good Morning America,” describing his educational journey as “long” despite skipping grades 5, 6, 7, 9, and 11. He completed 4th, 8th, 10th, and 12th grades while passing the New York State Regents examinations to graduate.

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“It’s been an absolutely wonderful experience,” Suborno said of his high school career.

“I met so many great people and learned a lot in both math and science and other disciplines. But I think I’m ready to move on and pursue my higher education to the best of my ability,” Suborno added.

Rebecca Gottesman, the director of K-12 school counseling at Malverne Union Free School District, has been in education for 25 years and called Suborno, whom she first met as a fourth grader, “a prodigy.”

“Every year, school counselors are asked on behalf of the students applying to colleges, ‘Is this one of your most exceptional students?’ … and I can say without any doubt that Suborno is the most exceptional student I’ve ever met academically,” Gottesman said. “He’s really a prodigy.”

Gottesman explained that the school district and Bari family collaborated on a tailored plan allowing Suborno to take higher-level classes while integrating with his peers socially and emotionally.

“We allowed him to take high school-level courses at our middle school. He would attend morning classes there and then go to our elementary school to reintegrate with his fifth-grade peers for electives and after-school activities,” Gottesman said.

Despite his accelerated path, Suborno said teachers and fellow students treated him just like any other high school student.

“They treated me just like any other high school student … and that’s how I really wanted to be treated by the community,” he said.

Suborno, who earned a 1500 on the SAT, a 34 on the ACT, and took five AP classes, has left a lasting impression on the Malverne community as an academic leader, Gottesman noted.

“He’s got an inquisitiveness and a thirst for knowledge like nobody I’ve ever seen,” Gottesman said. “He’s been a joy to work with.”

The 12-year-old aspires to earn a Ph.D. and become a professor. This fall, Suborno will attend New York University on a scholarship to study for a bachelor’s degree in math and physics.

“Many people pursue careers because of parental pressure or financial incentives, not out of love for the field. I hope to change that and help others understand and love math and science,” Suborno said. “Do what you do because you love it, because of the passion you feel when describing or doing it,” he added.

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