While most 13-year-old boys use their free time doing homework assignments, hanging out with friends and figuring out girls, Pranav Kalyan was attending middle school while taking college level courses. Pranav, who received a diploma in mathematics and science on Thursday, May 19, has the distinctive honor of being the youngest person to earn an associate degree, with honors, from Moorpark Community College.
“[He is] one ‘B’ shy of a perfect grade point average,” joked Luis Sanchez, president of Moorpark College, at Pranav’s graduation ceremony.
When asked why he took on the extra workload, Pranav replied, “I want to learn more.”
And that’s not all of the accomplishments for this educational prodigy. He became the youngest person in the world to be a “Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist” at the age of nine. He was the 2015 Kumon Inspirational Student of the Year and spoke before thousands of delegates at the Kumon International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. In 2016, he qualified for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination which is a prestigious national level exam for the best of the best.
Not to rest on his laurels, the Lindero Canyon Middle School student is the president and founder of the Agoura Math Circle, a free, non profit, educational program that focuses on the problem-solving skills that lead students to success in both academics and the real world. “I wanted to help other students build a good foundation,” said the seventh grader.
Hosted at Agoura High School, classes are held on alternating Saturdays throughout the school year. Currently, Pranav lectures to 100 students enrolled in the program. According to Pranav’s dad, Mohan, his is the only program of its kind within a 40 miles.
Not only does Agoura Math Circle cater to math students, it is open to volunteers looking for community service. “We are also looking for more sponsors,” said Mohan.
To apply, volunteer or get more information, go to www.agouramathcircle.org/.
Pranav, who said his favorite college subjects were linguistic anthropology, physics and math, will stay at Lindero, at least for one more year, before applying to his top university choices: Cal Tech, Stanford and UCLA.