Local 12-Year-Old Wiz Kid Set To Graduate High School & College At Same Time
SALISBURY, N.C. – “Do you know who Doogie Howser is,” asked WCCB News @ Ten anchor Morgan Fogarty. 12-year-old Mike Wimmer replied with a smile, “Yes, I have heard of Doogie Howser.” Wimmer will graduate from Concord Academy High School as valedictorian, and Rowan-Cabarrus Community College with his associate’s degree the same week next month.
Impressive right? Not to Mike. He says, “It’s just me, it’s my normal thing, I just go at this normal pace, it’s really normal for me to do that. I’ve never thought anything different from that.”
The schooling news is excellent, but listen to this: Mike also does contract work for the U.S. Government. Fogarty said, “Wait a minute. You’re 12 years old.” Mike replied, “Yes.”
“And you are working government contracts to help soldiers?”
“That’s incredible! Congratulations.”
“I am the only minor ever to be contracted by the United States Special Operations Command. It’s definitely a very humbling and honored experience to have. That’s for sure.”
His mom Melissa says, “When the military contacted my husband, I’m like, ‘they know he’s 10, right?'”
Wild, right? The military contacted him at 10-years-old. Now, at 12, he’s got those contracts, plus two tech start-ups and, chores. His parents say they remind him to do things like take his drink to the kitchen or clean his room. Melissa says, “He’s still 12, for sure!”
Mike loves Legos, basketball, swimming, and hanging out with his friends. And he wants to have lunch with Elon Musk. Mike says, “Elon Musk is a big one for me. We both think out of the box.”
All, at 12 years old. But what his parents are most proud of has nothing to do with outward success, but rather the giving, humble person their son is. Mark Wimmer says, “I think the thing we’re the most proud of is who he’s become as an individual.”
This week, Mike and his parents traveled to Raleigh for a special ceremony. Mike’s academic and professional accomplishments were written into state record in both the House and Senate. As for what’s next: maybe more college, maybe a job (he’s gotten multiple offers, including some out of the country), or maybe a fellowship to grow his start-ups. You can follow Mike on Instagram here and on Twitter here. He also has websites here and here.