Black excellence

Meet 19-year-old Ronald McCullough Jr, the child genius who skipped second grade, will graduate university two years early and hopes to become an astronaut

CHILD GENIUS: Ronald McCullough Jr

MEET RONALD McCullough Jr, who will graduate from university two years early, aged 19.

The former child genius skipped second grade, graduated early from Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High School, and started his college journey at age 16.

On May 22, Ronald will graduate from Clark Atlanta University with a Bachelor of Arts in biology.

“I would not consider myself a genius,” Ronald said in a statement released by Clark Atlanta. “I was placed in a setting for my love of learning to manifest. Much was expected of me and there was little room for disappointment.”

When asked how he’s been able to be so successful at a young age, Ronald responded: “I just wake up in the morning and do the right thing. Just by doing what I believe is the right thing for my future, I’ve been rewarded greatly.”

He plans to enter the biological and agricultural engineering program at North Carolina A&T State University and continue to pursue his dream of one day becoming an astronaut.

He was one of nearly 200 students who are members of the Isabella T. Jenkins Honors and Scholars Program at CAU that was led by Dr. Teri Platt.

The program seeks to provide students with the ultimate learning experience while enrolled at CAU. Some of its goals are to nurture and foster intellectual independence and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence, according to the school.
“Ronald embodies the best and the brightest we have here at CAU,” Dr Terri said in a statement. “He definitely represents black excellence and its many manifestations. Not only is he brilliant, he has unimpeachable character. He has contagious drive and ambition, but remains grounded.”


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