I love this story! It reminds me of another socially awkward “smart” kid from rural South Carolina who was given an opportunity to thrive that he would have gotten no where else.
Yes, Virginia, I am talking about myself.
The New York times did a wonderful piece on my high school alma mater highlighting how this school gives so many kids a chance to thrive in an environment where they will not be viewed as weird or abnormal, and encouraged to develop as complete human persons. I loved what one commenter on the NYT article said, “For me and many others, attending was a revelation. It was proof that we weren’t crazy; there were others like us.”
Kudos to the state of South Carolina for continuing to support this wonderful school for gifted young South Carolinians. It’s sort of like Charles Xavier’s school (if you are familiar with X-Men). Gifted children have to be taught how to deal with their gifts and harness them for the greater good of society.
I bet this kid turns out all right.