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Saturday, August 27, 2016

"Early on we realized Jeremy wasn’t really ordinary. We briefly considered sending him to a charter school or a school for the gifted and talented, but in the end there wasn’t much of a choice because he was way too advanced to be enrolled in any traditional schools. So I quit my career to dedicate my time to teaching Jeremy myself. I have been homeschooling him ever since."
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"When we were looking at different programs we wanted some place that would acknowledge his achievements already so he wouldn’t have to go through several years of learning the same things over and over again. When I looked at Texas Tech University, their curriculum had more variety, offered the flexibility we wanted for travel and recognized the work Jeremy had already completed."
Harrey Shuler, mother of Jeremy, 12

"The curriculum was well-designed. I learned a lot of new things, especially writing skills from English to astronomy courses. Before TTUISD I was mostly a math and science person, but at TTUISD I learned a lot of curriculum in other subjects."
"I loved graduation. It was cool seeing all of the other students graduating alongside me and meeting all of the TTUISD people. I really enjoyed TTUISD because it allowed me to get an actual high school diploma to be able to go to college, but it had the flexibility we needed for me to finish school. Overall, it made me a lot more experienced and prepared me for college."
"I was excited when I found out I got accepted to Cornell. It is the best choice for me."
Jeremy Shuler
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"We have accepted Jeremy into our undergraduate program here at Cornell Engineering. He is a very advanced student for his age who already has demonstrated an incredible ability to learn at the collegiate level."
"While this is highly unusual, we feel that with the strong support of his parents – who will be moving here to provide him a place to live and study – and his unusual talents and thirst for knowledge, he will be able to thrive as an engineering student and take advantage of all that Cornell has to offer."
Cornell Engineering Dean Lance Collins

The emergence of a genius is always astonishing. Human beings come in all sizes, shapes and colours, their minds and capabilities inherited by familial genetics, their familial exposure and guidance and cultural heritage shaping their social and conscious-values frame of mind. But their brain power and its potential, seen in precocious infants, developing as they grow, elicits both pride and curiosity from the world at large.

There is a young boy, now twelve years of age, born to two academically accomplished people in Texas, whose amazingly swift transition from newborn to intellectual brilliance surely represents an extreme rarity. This is a child who began talking at six months of age, and whose flexible brain became adept at recognizing letters of the alphabet -- two alphabets, since his mother is Korean -- by one-and-a-half, when six months later he became a competent reader.

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Harrey and Andy Shuler realized fairly quickly that their son was highly unusual, that their experience with him would have no precedents, and there would be few developmental yardsticks; that they would be raising a child whose capacity to learn was astoundingly beyond even the capability of children ordinarily placed in the genius category. Young Jeremy just kept breaking all recognized milestones of childhood emerging into youth.

He began studying pre-calculus by age five. Even the fact that both his parents were aerospace engineers giving little Jeremy a huge leg-up in genetic inheritance and intellectually stimulating guidance, could not conceivably account for his incredibly accelerated capacity to absorb, integrate and synthesize information, making sense of everything and becoming supremely confident and comfortable in areas of human intelligence and science that would challenge most brilliant adult minds.

His mother Harrey, placed her post-doctoral plans on a temporary hold while she devoted herself to her son's absorbing journey into advancing his knowledge, enlarging his brain's capacity to absorb arcane data bedevilling to most, but comprehensively well understood by him, until he sped past his mother's ability to infuse him with any new and challenging knowledge beyond what she had already introduced him to.

By age ten he took the SAT, the standardized testing for college admissions in the United States. As an objective measure of his intellectual prowess and acquired knowledge, this would be a milestone of another kind for his parents. He scored higher than 99.6 percent of all the others aspiring to college admissions taking the test in that year. His youth, however, was recognized as an impediment to legal college admission.

Then Jeremy made application to Cornell University, his father's alma mater, and where his grandfather just happens to be a professor. The engineering department accepted his application, after meeting with Jeremy and examining the extent of his knowledge and judging his demeanor; requiring that he live with his parents. "While this is highly unusual, we feel that with the strong support of his parents and his unusual talents and thirst for knowledge, he will be able to thrive", stated Cornell engineering dean Lance Collins.

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