Georgia Mom Celebrates Son, 16, Set to Graduate High School a Whole Year Early

Darrel Bryant, a 16-year-old Savannah, Georgia, high school senior, is scheduled to graduate a year early. Furthermore, he has already established himself as a published author of a book that is positively impacting the lives of people.

Bryant authored The Flower Nerd, a book about bullying, while he was just 11 years old. His inspiration stemmed from a terrible occurrence involving a 10-year-old Colorado girl who committed suicide as a result of bullying. His book has sold 350 copies to date, helping to spread its critical message.

Darrel is now a senior at St. John Academy and is on track to graduate early, according to WJCL. He’ll obtain his diploma in December, a full year earlier than expected. His next step is to attend Savannah Technical College to study airplane assembly, and he’s leaving his bachelor’s degree possibilities open.

Bryant has maintained a perfect 4.0 GPA throughout high school and has been named an honorary member of The National Society of High School Scholars. Teachers and family members are impressed by his commitment and hard work.

His mom, Shyann, says she knew “immediately” that her son was going to be an academic genius.

“He’s always had that mindset to just always just be a go-getter. Always wants to do more, always wants to go above and beyond,” said Tywana Barnes, Darrel’s cousin and math tutor. “Being average has never been a part of his character.”

Darrel has gotten 17 direct college admission offers totaling $600,000 from top colleges such as SCAD, Harvard, Yale, Brown, and others.

He enjoys video games, outdoor sports, and creating stop-motion animations in his spare time. Despite being the youngest in the class, he devotes the majority of his time to studying and learning, setting an example for his peers.

“I want to be able to create an image for myself that shows who I am to others. I want to inspire other people to do great things,” Darrel said.

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