11 year old boy earns his associates degree; plans to continue college


Hundreds of students achieved their dream at the St. Petersburg College graduation ceremony.

Congratulations are in store for each graduate, but all eyes were on one, William Maillis, an 11 year old who now has an associate’s degree.

Maillis said the journey wasn’t an easy one. “it’s about as difficult as anyone else going there.”

The humble kid left a lasting mark at St. Petersburg college.

Dr. Tonjua Williams, President of St. Petersburg College, had nothing but kind words to say about Maillis, “I am totally fascinated by William and the work that he has done. He’s extremely brilliant, very open and collaborative.”

William could do simple math at one and half years old. By age four- he learned algebra, and at age five, an Ohio State University psychologist declared him a genius.

Now at 11, with one degree in hand, he plans to continue reaching for the stars.

He said, “I want to be an astrophysicist. I want to prove to the world that God does exist through science.”

He’ll attend the University of South Florida to make that dream come true.

When it comes to his genius status he feels no different than his peers, “I’m gifted in what I’m gifted in and other people are gifted in other things.”

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