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11 year Indian American child prodigy graduates from American River College

Tanishq Abraham an Indian origin American born child prodigy who has surprised the entire world by graduating at the age of 11 from American River
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Tanishq Abraham, a child prodigy, has graduated with three associate degrees in maths, science and foreign language studies

Tanishq Abraham an Indian origin American born child prodigy who has surprised the entire world by graduating at the age of 11 from American River College with three associate degrees in maths, science and foreign language studies. Tanishq Abraham, a native of Sacramento, California, graduated from American River College in Sacramento (ARC), California, flanking 1,800 students. Abraham is the youngest person to graduate from American River College this year. “The assumption is that he’s the all-time youngest,” American River College spokesman Scott Crow told NBC News.

In psychology research literature, the term child prodigy is defined as person under the age of ten who produces meaningful output in some domain to the level of an adult expert performer. Child prodigies are rare, and in some domains, there are no child prodigies at all. Prodigiousness in childhood does not always predict adult eminence. (source:Wikipedia)

Subsequent to graduation ceremony he told the media FOX40 an American news channel that he is just perusing his passion learning which lead him to this “I like to learn,” he told FOX40 “So I just followed my passion of learning, and that’s how I ended up here.” His mother Taji Abrahim who was present at the graduation ceremony was very excited to see her son achieving this honor she told the media that this is the result of teamwork which the family has put into “We did it as a family, as teamwork,” added his proud mother, Taji Abraham. “And I was just cheering, I was just crying there when I saw Tanishq walk down the stage.”

Tanishq joined MENSA, the prominent high IQ society, when he was hardly four-years-old.  Abraham told a local TV station that the milestone of graduating from college was not much of a big thing for him and he has bigger plans in the near future.  He still has a few courses to take at ARC. Then he would like to go to Stanford, and ultimately become a doctor, a medical researcher and president of the United States.

His mother, Taji Abraham, who is the soul behind his success said, he has always been ahead of the class. “Even in kindergarten he was pretty ahead, a few years ahead and then it just went from there,” she told KCRA-TV. Abraham said some of the students at the college “were intimidated” by him but a lot of others “were really happy” to have a kid in their classes. He graduated with three associate degrees from the college.On his college graduation cap, Abraham wore his favourite “Toy Story” quote: “2 Infinity and Beyond.”

About Tanishq Abraham (Source: Wikipedia)  

Tanishq Mathew Abraham (born June 2003) is an Indian American child genius and a child prodigy. When Tanishq’s younger sister, Tiara Thankam Abraham (born December 2005), became a member of Mensa at 4 years of age in 2010, the two became the youngest siblings to join the high-IQ society. Tanishq and Tiara are the youngest South Asians (by ethnicity) to join Mensa and among the youngest Americans in Mensa. To join Mensa, one needs to score in or above the 98 percentile on a Mensa-approved standardized IQ test. Tanishq scored 99.9 percentile and Tiara scored 99 percentile on the test. In June 2014, he graduated high school.

Born in Sacramento, California, USA, to Bijou Abraham, a software engineer, and his wife Dr. Taji Abraham, a doctor of veterinary medicine, both from Kerala, India, Tanishq Abraham showed signs of a high IQ at an early age. At six, he took online high school and college level classes in subjects such as chemistry, paleontology, biology, and geology. He was the youngest student ever to enroll in on-campus graded courses at the college. His only friends are some of his middle aged, college female classmates.

Apart from being the top student in most of his college classes, he has maintained a perfect 4.0 grade point average. At the end of Spring 2012 semester, with a GPA 4.0, 8 year old Tanishq became the youngest student eligible to be a member of the honor society Phi Theta Kappa and in December 2012, he became a member. At 10 years old, Tanishq became the youngest office bearer of Phi Theta Kappa when he served the role of Vice-President of Communications from 2013 to 2014 at American River College. In addition to the classes he is taking at American River College, he is also being home-schooled, and the curriculum involves college courses. Abraham officially passed his high school requirements in March 2014 and received his high school diploma in a private graduation ceremony on June 8, 2014

Tanishq was featured in the premier episode of the PRODIGIES show by THNKR, a YouTube educational channel by @radical media. The show was released in July 2012 and the episode immediately became viral. Tanishq has appeared in local, national, and international news media and shows on CNN, ABC, MSNBC, FOX, Yahoo, Huffington Post, etc. Tanishq became the youngest TV medical correspondent for a national syndicated show, ‘The Doctors’ CBS. His first episode aired on September 12, 2012 where he & his sister Tiara, played the game ‘Do you want to be an MD?’. His reporting segments were aired on October & December 2012. In May 2013, he was featured in a Japanese TV show “Unbelievable” by Fuji TV. He was invited by Esquire magazine to be in their ‘Life of Man’ special for the 80th anniversary Oct 2013 issue. In November 2013, Tanishq was a guest in the Queen Latifah show on an episode of ‘Americas Most Talented Kids’. In 2015, Tanishq also participated in a new Lifetime series titled “Child Genius” but was eliminated in episode 6, finishing in 7th place overall.

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