Meet Young Black Geniuses Carson and Cannan Huey-You
The pair are brothers Carson and Cannan Huey-You, who are 14 and 11 years old respectively.
Carson, 14, has made history as the youngest graduate in the history of Texas Christian University, where he has earned his degree in Physics. Cannan, who has just graduated from high school, will begin studying at TCU this fall, where he plans on majoring in astrophysics and engineering.
According to mom Claretta Kimp, there is nothing out of the ordinary about her sons.
“They are just normal little boys who do normal little boy things,” she said. “Yes, they’re smart, but that’s just a small part of who they are.”
Kimp says, however, that she realized her sons had extraordinary academic potential when at just 3 years old, Carson said to her, “I really want to learn calculus.” At his request, she purchased a calculus book for him, from which he was able to solve problems aimed at students more than twice his age.
Academic genius isn’t common, and because of this, little is put in place to facilitate the ones who can be called academic geniuses.
While at college, forms for federal financial assistance didn’t include Carson’s age in the drop-down menu, meaning that he didn’t qualify for financial aid.
Another challenge was that, being a child, he was not allowed to walk around campus alone, and needed a chaperone. As a result, Kimp had to give him a ride to and from school each day and walk him to and from all of his classes.
Cannan faced similar difficulties. When he was enrolled in the same private high school that Carson attended, because of his age, he, too, required supervision. A solution was found in allowing him to work remotely from the TCU campus alongside Carson.
The challenges they faced did not stop them from pressing toward excellence, however: the future plans of these two brilliant young men are huge: in the short term, Carson is looking to earn his PhD, and Cannan aspires to be an astronaut.
We can’t wait to see what other great things the Huey-You brothers will do.
By: Danielle Dixon
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