History Made: 12-Year-Old Black Girl From Florida Makes History, Graduates High School

WCTV reported that E’leese Shelton, a 12-year-old prodigy from Tallahassee, Florida, has graduated from high school, showcasing her exceptional academic skills from a young age. 

“I got her a LeapFrog tablet, and we didn’t know that she was self-taught until it was telling her to do the letters, uppercase, lowercase letters, and we didn’t realize that she knew all of it,” her mother Danrell Shelton said. “I did not teach her any of it. She just had the LeapFrog and she knew it.”

Learning to read at 3 and solving math problems at 4, E’leese credits her support system for her success.  Her older brother, who graduated high school at 16, inspired her to excel. 

“She told him that she was going to outdo him,” their father Fred Shelton said. “So she stuck to her word.

For her pediatrician dream, E’leese will attend Tallahassee Community College before moving to Florida State University. Interestingly, she wants to join medical school at 16 or 17.