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Mr. Smith Goes to College

Ten year old physics major.

This year's crop of college freshmen at Randolph-Macon College in Ashland, VA, includes one particularly unusual student: 10-year-old "boy genius" Gregory Smith, who will be taking a full course load including calculus I, physics, French and an honors course on warfare in antiquity. He plans on being a physics major. According to his parents, Smith began memorizing and reciting books at 14 months, adding numbers at 18 months, and "tested off the bell curve" in an IQ test taken when he was 5. Since starting the second grade three years ago, he has skipped most elementary grades altogether, and completed the standard high school curriculum in just 22 months, becoming the youngest person to graduate from a public high school in Florida. His unique intellectual ability has already won considerable media attention: Smith has appeared on "60 Minutes," "The Today Show," "NBC Nightly News," and "Late Night with David Letterman."

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