10-year-old California boy graduates from high school, wants to cure cancer

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — This time of year, most 10-year-olds are finishing fourth grade. But one child prodigy already has his high school cap and gown.

“College life should begin when you are ready, not when you turn a certain age,” Tanishq Abraham said.

He reached a milestone very few people have done at such a young age.

The home-schooled prodigy successfully met the state requirements to graduate and earned a 4.0 grade-point average.

“It wasn’t like easy, but it was not that hard either,” Abraham said.

At the age of 4, he became the youngest person to join MENSA.

“The way my brain works is that when you give me something, information about that topic comes into my mind,” he said. “I don’t know what it is, but that’s how it is for me.”

His parents knew their son was special but had no idea of his potential.

“I had a hunch he was a little gifted, but of course my husband didn’t believe that and then we had to wait until about two, three years, once we got a formal IQ test, that’s when we figured it out,” mother Taji Abraham said.

Tanishq scored high on the SATs and already is attending American River College. But he plans to continue his education.

“My ultimate goal would be science, like scientist or doctor, but I also want to be president too,” Tanishq said.

Even President Barack Obama sent him a letter to congratulate him on his high school graduation. Tanishq says he owes much of his success to his family.

“My parents, mostly, my grandparents,” he said.

And the genius genes run in the family. Tanishq’s little sister is following in his footsteps, already taking college courses and taking full command of her vocal talents.

Tanishq Abraham has big dreams for the future. He says he wants to go to medical school at UC Davis and find a cure for cancer.