BATON ROUGE, La. (BRProud) – 10th grader Micah McKanstry likes to do things other teens his age like to do including playing sports, but his love for science presented opportunities he once only dreamed about.

“I always knew Mic was a gifted child,” says his father, Ken McKanstry.

That gift has carried Micah into getting admitted to John Hopkins and Harvard University’s summer programs to study neuroscience.

“He’s been on the collegiate level for a while so we decided to go ahead and shoot and see what would happen and we applied to John Hopkins,” says Ken.

“I was so excited to get all of those scholarships. I was like over the moon. My dad almost passed out,” Micah says.

Micah has been a dual-enrollment student at Southern University since he was in 9th grade. He knew at the tender age of 5 he wanted to pursue a career in medicine.

“I see myself becoming a neuro-specialist, neurologist specialist. I hope to specialize and excel in that field,” Micah explained.

He made his decision to study at Harvard for a 7-week program. He’s looking forward to the summer ahead and wants others his age to go after what they want and love what they do.

“Work hard, be diligent, love your work and you can do it. Just have to put in time and effort.”

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