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9-Year-Old’s Talent Is About To Make Her Very Famous

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on October 31, 2013

When 9-year-old Amira Willighagen from Nijmegen stepped onto the “Holland’s Got Talent” stage, no one was expecting such a big voice to come out of such a very little girl.

Her incredible rendition of Puccini’s “O Mio Babbino Caro” from the opera “Gianni Schicchi” earned her a Golden Ticket from the judges that would take her straight to the live show. Read the rest of this entry »

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Eugenie De Silva, 14-Year-Old College Graduate, To Start Master’s Program At Harvard In The Fall

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 13, 2013

Eugenie de Silva may be only 14 years old, but she already has very specific career aspirations.

“It is my ultimate goal to become the U.S. Defense Secretary,” de Silva, who lives in Harrogate, Tenn., told the Middlesboro Daily News earlier this year.

Though her dream job may sound mighty ambitious for a girl so young, de Silva has proved time and again that she’s anything but a typical teen.

A child prodigy, de Silva graduated from high school at the age of 11. This summer, she became a college grad. As the Daily News notes, the talented teen graduated summa cum laude from American Military University with a bachelor’s degree in intelligence analysis and a 4.0 GPA. She has also published two children’s books and authored several research papers on a wide range of topics including physics, behavioral sciences and psychology.

Starting in the fall, the extraordinary young woman will continue to impress the world with her academic prowess as she begins her simultaneous pursuit of two master’s degrees at two separate universities — one in legal studies at Harvard University and the other in intelligence analysis at American Military University.

“It’s always been my dream to attend Harvard so when I got there, it was really magnificent for me,” she told a local media channel earlier this year. Read the rest of this entry »

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Meet Fuji, The 3-Year-Old Photographer Who Will Steal Your Heart (PHOTOS)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 30, 2013

Nigerian photographer Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet made a name for himself earlier this summer when his work was showcased in a Lagos exhibition.

Aside from his curious eye and ability to capture the color and motion of Nigerian street life, Remet received attention for his miniature stature — he is three years old after all.

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Yes, you read that right. Little Fuji learned to man a Sony SLR before most of us could spell our names. His photos capture everything from street vendors to family portraits, from an unusually pint-sized vantage point.

Fuji’s early initiation to the art world can be attributed to his creative family. His father and two older sisters are artists as well. At present, the ambitious young photographer has 3,000 images to his name, according to Visual News. Not bad for a toddler, but Remet’s father has even bigger hopes for his budding child prodigy.

“I hope he grows up to become a larger than life photographer, who’ll explore his natural platform to impact remarkably on the course of humanity,” he told CNN.

Although Fuji may be one of the youngest artists we’ve featured on The Huffington Post Arts&Culture page, he is certainly not the only youngun to explore his creative side. Six-year-old Shorya Mahanot shows a striking resemblance to a young Jackson Pollock while eleven-year-old Autumn de Forest works in a pop art state of mind. Read the rest of this entry »

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What Genius and Autism Have in Common

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 15, 2012

A study of eight child prodigies finds that share some striking characteristics, most notably high levels of autistic traits and an overrepresentation of autism in their close family members
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Child prodigies evoke awe, wonder and sometimes jealousy: how can such young children display the kinds of musical or mathematical talents that most adults will never master, even with years of dedicated practice? Lucky for these despairing types, the prevailing wisdom suggests that such comparisons are unfair — prodigies are born, not made (mostly). Practice alone isn’t going to turn out the next 6-year-old Mozart.

So finds a recent study of eight young prodigies, which sought to shed some light on the roots of their talent. The prodigies included in the study [PDF] are all famous (but remain unidentified in the paper), having achieved acclaim and professional status in their fields by the ripe age of 10. Most are musical prodigies; one is an artist and another a math whiz, who developed a new discipline in mathematics and, by age 13, had had a paper accepted for publication in a mathematics journal. Two of the youngsters showed extraordinary skill in two separate fields: one child in music and art (his work now hangs in prestigious galleries the world over), and the other in music and molecular gastronomy (the science behind food preparation — why mayonnaise becomes firm or why a soufflé swells, for example). He became interested in food at age 10 and, by 11, had carried out his first catering event. Read the rest of this entry »

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