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15-Year-Old Becomes Youngest Student to Attend Clark Atlanta University

A Tennessee 15-year-old is one of Clark Atlanta University’s youngest students ever, according to a university press release.

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Emory Pruitt enrolled at the Historically Black university for fall 2020, having graduated high school early with a 3.7 GPA.

Pruitt faced several hurdles, such as racism in her hometown, but she persevered, according to university officials. Pruitt was eventually enrolled into online classes at Penn Foster High School by her mother in order to avoid the racism.

“It actually was the dedication and my family that pushed me each day,” said Pruitt, now 16. “I should thank the people that doubted me; that just made me work even harder.”

Clark Atlanta also admitted Pruitt’s brother Elijah Pruitt for the 2020 academic year.

Clark Atlanta is currently fully remote, and it is unknown whether the school will opt for in-person classes next spring.

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