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12 child prodigies you should know about

Jordan Crawford | 8/19/2014, 1 p.m.
Back-to-school ads often have an adverse effect on students. Instead of exciting kids for the upcoming school year, the lively ...
Donovan Smith, 11, of Albuquerque, NM, owns his own soap business called 'Toil and Trouble.' He crafts his soaps into the form of various food items. Smith is pictured here with soaps he's shaped into the form of cupcakes, donuts, hamburgers, French fries, macaroni and cheese and other snacks.

Back-to-school ads often have an adverse effect on students. Instead of exciting kids for the upcoming school year, the lively plugs are met with disdain as students realize the end of warm weather, shorts and tank-tops, cookouts and beach visits. To motivate your kids to look forward to school, direct them to this list. It’ll prove that with proper education and determination they, too, can be young, gifted and Black.

Zora Ball- Ball, 8, of Philadelphia, became the youngest person to create a mobile video game at 7 years old. She developed the game using programming language Bootstrap, usually taught to students between the ages of 12 and 16 to help them learn concepts of algebra through video development;

Joshua Beckford- Beckford, 8, of London, England, studied at the University of Oxford at six years old. Excelling in math, foreign language, history, IT, and science, Beckford wants to be a neurosurgeon and practices procedures like appendectomy and gall bladder removal. Beckford is also the face of the National Autistic Society’s Black and Minority campaign as he was diagnosed with high functioning autism which means along with other symptoms of the condition he is also very intelligent. Beckford is also writing a children’s book about Egypt;

Anala Beevers- Beevers, five, of New Orleans learned the alphabet at four months old and learned numbers in Spanish by the time she was 18 months. With an IQ over 145, she was accepted into the MENSA and is now one of 2,800 members under the age of 18. The exclusive high-IQ club accepts only those who score at the 98th percentile on an IQ test. Beevers placed in the 99th percentile range, putting her intelligence in the top one percent of all humanity.

Jaylen Bledsoe- Bledsoe, 16, of Hazelwood, Mo., started his own tech company, Bledsoe Technologies, when he was 13 years old. Bledsoe Technologies specializes in Web design and other IT services and has since expanded into a global enterprise now worth around $3.5 million;

Kelvin Doe- Doe, 17, of Sierra Leone, built a battery to light up local homes. Sierra Leone has power lines, but they seldom ever deliver electricity. Doe constructed the battery using acid, soda and metal parts taken from trash bins. Doe has also created other gadgets, such as a homemade radio transmitter with a generator that he uses to run his own community radio station under the name DJ Focus;

Kwasi Enin- Enin, 17, of Long Island, N.Y., applied to all eight Ivy League schools— Cornell, Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth— this year “on a whim” and was accepted to every one of them. Enin, a straight A student who scored a 2,250 on his SAT exam, also played three instruments for his high school’s orchestra, sang in an a cappella group, threw shot put and discus for the high school’s track and field team, participated in student government and had a lead role in school plays since the ninth grade. Enin is attending Yale University this fall;