Teen to graduate from high school and Harvard within 11 days

A 17-year-old Kansas student is set to graduate from his high school and a prestigious Ivy League college within 11 days, according to CNN

Braxton Moral received his diploma at Ulysses High School this past Sunday and will graduate with an undergraduate degree from Harvard University on May 30. His parents enrolled him at Harvard Extension School, an offshoot of the college that offers online courses and nonresidential programs to any academically capable student regardless of age, when he was just 11, Moral told the network. 

"My parents noticed I was bored in school and needed something to inspire growth, so they ended up finding the Extension School," he said. 

Moral, who majored in government and minored in English at Harvard, said his high school accommodated his intense schedule by allowing him to take a couple hours off to focus on his college work. His first Harvard course was a JavaScript programming class, he said in a separate interview with Good Morning America. He also took classes in Chinese language and Greek mythology. 

Kevin McGrath, an associate professor in South Asian Studies who taught Moral, praised the teenager as "a remarkable and unique young scholar." 

"Intellectually, he is extraordinary, but more than that, it is his discipline and endeavor which has enabled him to begin adult life with such startling success," McGrath told GMA. 

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Moral's sister, Brittney Jo Sager, said her brother often exhibited an intellectual curiosity, even at a young age. 

"He always said big words and was different, but that's when we kind of noticed, when he was about a year to 18 months," she said. "Myself and the rest of my family are extremely proud of him. He's worked so hard to get to this point." 

Moral, who has also written a book titled, "Harvard in the Heartland," said he hopes to attend Columbia Law School following his college graduation. 

"I'm relieved to have a little bit of a head start," he told GMA. "I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do [in life]."

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