12-year-old genius interested in cybersecurity becomes Oklahoma College’s youngest history student; His sister also made history

Elijah Muhammad, 12, makes history by becoming the youngest black student accepted at Oklahoma college.

Far from your typical teenager, the 12-year-old genius from Oklahoma City is currently a high school senior at Prep One Collegiate Academy, a homeschool program run by his father, Elijah Muhammad Sr.

“He’s concurrently graduating with his associate’s degree and high school diploma, which will be next year,” said Elijah Muhammad Sr.

The younger Muhammad is following in the footsteps of his older siblings, who were also homeschooled and proved successful at a young age.

“His sister made history as the youngest graduate of Langston University and Oklahoma Community College with two associate’s degrees on the same day,” Muhammad Sr. said of his daughter. Shania Muhammad was previously the youngest person to enroll at Oklahoma City Community College at age 13.

Elijah has since broken his sister’s record, having been accepted into the OCCC at the age of 12 and starting classes last summer. His composite ACT score of 17 beat the average black high school senior who is 16 years old, according to the National Center for Education Statistics. Elijah has already received a full scholarship from Rust College, an HBCU in Mississippi.

“I’m very excited to get scholarships because I saw my sister get multiple scholarships and I was like, man, I can’t wait until I start getting my scholarships,” Elijah said.

Elijah Muhammad Sr. says he thought his son was gifted when he was 2 because he was able to have fellowship with his family at an early age. “He was very observant and there were things I’d noticed since he was 2 that were just different and I thought it was time to cultivate that,” Elijah’s father said.

Young Elijah Muhammad made his way through his home school program, which his father says differs from traditional public education because classes are tailored to a student’s individual learning style.

“We try to expose you to as many different types of learning and different types of learning styles as possible. Some people are hands on, some learn by video, audio or reading, there are multiple methods and I say why are we told there is only one way,” said Muhammad Sr.

Despite 12-year-old Elijah’s brilliance, he says he spends about as much time studying and having fun as other kids his age. While he enjoys running and playing programming games on his computer, he is also a three-time national wrestling champion and has time to socialize with friends.

“I have no problem making friends, I’m really sociable, it’s just when I tell them or they ask me what’s going on and I tell them you can do the same if you take the time Focus on the things you really want to do and study them,” Elijah said.

Elijah plans to study cybersecurity sometime in college. He developed an interest in cyber technology when one of his home computers kept crashing. “My dad spoke to me and he said it could be something like a cyber hack and I was like what is that so my dad explained that to me and then I wanted to know about it so I can stop that this isn’t happened to my computer,” he said of his developing interest in cybersecurity.

Elijah is already on his way to his future college degree, his father says, he has already received five different cyber security certifications in about three weeks, about three months earlier than expected. Elijah wants to study at HBCU for his bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees, something that runs in his family.

“I’ve heard that Hampton has a good cyber security program, but I’m just exploring my options,” said Elijah Muhammad.

His father repeated his son’s desire to become an HBCU graduate. “One hundred percent he will go to an HBCU walking in his mother’s legacy,” who recently received her PhD from Hampton University and currently serves as an assistant professor and operations director at Langston University.

Oklahoma City Community College President Mautra Staley Jones made a statement to Atlanta Black Star regarding the admission of Elijah Muhammad.

“Our students come to us from a variety of backgrounds and experiences,” Jones said. “They are eager to take the next step in post-secondary learning opportunities and we are pleased that they have chosen Oklahoma City Community College to pursue their goals. Elijah’s academic journey is inspiring and we look forward to helping him achieve his educational goals. This institution is known for creating opportunities for non-traditional students and for creating a unique mix of students of all ages – our youngest students were 12 when Elijah enrolled and our oldest students in their 70’s.”

Elijah Muhammad Sr. says he is proud of his entire family, which consists of three sons, all of whom bear his name, two daughters and his wife. He says other families could embark on a journey like his family, simply by thinking outside the box when it comes to education.

“Definitely explore other options and even as a parent, even if you don’t have the time or transportation, online schools are a real thing, it’s happening,” Muhammad Sr. said.
“You just have to be willing to think outside the box and not tell yourself there’s only one way to do the education thing,” he continued.

Twelve-year-old Elijah is expected to start college next year, and at least he’s not sure yet which HBCU he wants to get his graduate degrees from, but says he’s open to inquiries from schools interested in hiring him .

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