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Home-schooled 11-Year-Old Awarded Full-Ride Scholarship to Southern University

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: The Advocate

One of the biggest misconceptions about home-schooled children is that the education they are receiving does not prepare them for the world of higher education.

However, there have been a number of notable cases, which have made local and national headlines that prove this misconception to be a farce. This past spring, a home-schooled 11-year-old boy from Baton Rouge, Louisiana named Elijah Preccieley (pictured at podium)  debunked all the theories about homeschooling in a single bound.

According to WBRZ Channel 2, a local ABC News-affiliated media outlet based in Louisiana’s East Baton Rouge Parish, Elijah is a child prodigy who  showed he had a special gift at an early age. His parents have been very supportive of their son and have provided the academic environment that has helped him get to where he is today.

“I knew at a certain point that I did not understand some of the vernacular he was talking about. And I said, ‘I gotta get him some help,'” said Elijah’s mother Pamela Preccieley in an interview with WBRZ. Elijah’s father, Stephen Preccieley, also saw that his young son was intellectually above average.

“Find that child’s genius… What they like and nurture that. If you have to seek outside help, then that’s what you do, and that’s what we did,” Mr. Preccieley told WBRZ News.

Elijah was signed on this past spring to attend Southern University at the young age of 11. His full-time status as a student is scheduled to end during the spring 2019 semester, WBRZ reported. Elijah said a Southern University professor encouraged him to start taking classes there early.

“[The professor] starts talking to me and he says, ‘We need you in classes now. Then I go over to take some classes and through the months, through the semesters and through the years, that kind of had a snowball effect,” Elijah told WBRZ. Congratulations to the Preccieley family for proving that homeschooling is a viable education source for black children.

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