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18-year-old boy with disabilities graduates US high school with 4.80GPA, earns $1.5million scholarships to 45 US universities

An 18-year-old boy named Nicholas Watson has graduated from Arkansas High School, United States with a 4.80 GPA and earned 1.5 million worth of scholarships to 45 universities in the United States.

Nicholas Watson is a graduating student at Arkansas High School where he broke records having earned the highest grade point average since the inception of the school.

Nicholas was diagnosed with both autism and Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) at a very young age. The doctors told him that told that he would never be able to read or comprehend math.

But Nicholas defied all odds against his health, he persevered and did exceedingly well academically. He graduated high school with a 4.80 grade point average and earned acceptance to over 45 different colleges and universities across the country.  

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“Overall, I’m just grateful to have an opportunity to be where I am right now because I wasn’t ever meant to be here,” Nicholas said.

”Besides autism and ADHD, they said I wasn’t ever going to comprehend, read, math, all of that. No matter what circumstance or whoever defines you. You’re the one who defines yourself,” he added.

Nicholas’s mother, Marian Watson said she is not surprised about his ability to overcome obstacles as he has always been very quick to accomplish whatever duty is expected of him.

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Along with his academic excellence, Nicholas was also an athlete who dominated different sports activities such as basketball, cross country, soccer, and track.

He stated that he wants his story to serve as an inspiration for people to understand that they too can beat the odds and do whatever they put their minds to no matter the challenges that come their way.

“No matter the limitations or restrictions that you have been given, conditions or anything that tries to hinder you, just try to overachieve that and go to a goal that you want to achieve,” he said.

Nicholas said he has selected Harding University out of the schools he was accepted where he will be studying on a basketball scholarship. He plans to study Electrical Engineering  and will start school with 64 college credits under his belt.

“I’m a hands-on type of guy. I want to make electronic devices and go to big places like Google and Tesla,” he said.



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