Sixteen and off to college

High school students are now graduating and about to reach a new chapter in their lives but one sophomore at Shawnee Heights High School is taking a different route to higher education.

Patrick Duensing is not your average student.  He’s sixteen…and going to college.

“It’s just kind of weird, I’m kind of nervous for the experience next year but I was excited that I got in since I have been trying for like four years now I think,” says Patrick.

Since Patrick was 12 he has dreamed of being accepted into a program called “The Kansas Academy of Mathematics and Science” at Fort Hays State University.

“I just really like math, and I’ve been able to understand it more than other people in my classes have been able to.”

It’s only offered to the state’s best and brightest students, allowing only 40 students to take part, some coming from all around the world, like China and South Korea. Patricks parents say it’s going to be tough to let their son go.

“Its just going to be such a transition going from a family of four to a family of three and from the time they’re born you think you have 18 years with them but here we are 16 and turning him lose a little bit sooner than anticipated,” said Mrs. Duensing.

It will be a 68 hour program and will be taught by college professors.

“I basically took all advanced classes that I could and kept my GPA high.”

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