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A 12-year-old North Carolina boy graduates from high school and attends college the same week.

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April 29 (UPI) — A 12-year-old North Carolina boy who took a few extra classes during the COVID-19 pandemic is now preparing to graduate from both high school and college in the same week.

Mike Wimmer, 12, of Salisbury, will receive an associate's degree from Rowan-Cabarrus Community College on May 21 and graduate from Concord Academy High School on May 28.

Wimmer has a 4.0 GPA in college and a 5.45 GPA in high school, making him a valedictorian.

"I breezed through all of the grades in school," Wimmer told WCNC-TV. "I'm like a sponge; I absorb information quickly."

Wimmer explained that he had some extra time during the COVID-19 pandemic and discovered that he could graduate from both schools simultaneously by taking a few additional classes. In the end, he finished the equivalent of two years of high school and two years of community college in a single year.

Reflect Social, a 12-year-start-up old, aims to simplify how his lifelong interest inspired intelligent home technology works in technology and robots.

Wimmer told CNN, "My entrepreneurial goal is to build technology that allows people to live better lives."

The boy stated that he is now considering his next steps, including returning to school, accepting various job offers, or applying for a fellowship to help grow his start-up.

Wimmer said that he enjoys basketball and building Lego sets in addition to his academic and entrepreneurial pursuits.

"A lot of people think I've given up or lost my childhood," Wimmer said, "and I tell them I'm having the time of my life.