Teen simultaneously attends Harvard University and high school

CAMBRIDGE, MA (WHDH) — A 14-year-old Kansas student is not your average teenager.

He is a sophomore in high school and at Harvard Extension School, a part of Harvard University.

In just a few short years he is going to graduate college before he gets his high school diploma.

He said he has big plans for his future that could involve a run for the White House in more than 20 years.

Braxton Moral’s story starts in the first grade, when he was tested as “gifted.”

By third grade, he was bored and unchallenged in school.

“He got very depressed,” Julie Moral, Braxton’s mother, said. “He basically had what most of us have when we’re 40. ‘Why am I here, what’s my purpose in life, is God
real?’ Just huge, huge depression. It was a hard, hard time in our life.”

Because he was only 9 years old, the local community college did not let him take classes, so he decided the next place to apply was Harvard University.

“You know, everyone wants their niche, and so I figured Harvard would be a stepping stone,” Braxton Moral said. “Hopefully not a stumbling block.”

If Braxton stays on track, he will graduate from college a week before he graduates from high school.

“I was thinking about the other day how surreal that actual day will be, but it’ll be a fun experience,” he said.

Like many students, the biggest drawback is paying for college.

“It costs a lot,” Julie Moral said. “He has some scholarships, but they can’t pay for everything. And because of his age, he isn’t allowed to have any federal help.”

He’ll be 17 when he graduates from Harvard and has big plans for himself after that.

“I know every kid wants to say they want to be president, but I think it’d be cool to be any position of power in politics, just to say you’ve been it,” he said. “You know, make
a difference.”

Braxton will have plenty of time to make that difference. He’ll be eligible to run for president in 2040.

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