In an extraordinary feat, 12-year-old Anthaea-Grace Patricia Dennis has etched her name in the annals of Canadian history, becoming the youngest person ever to graduate from college in the country.
This month, the young prodigy proudly donned her cap and gown to receive her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Science from the esteemed University of Ottawa.
Anthaea-Grace embarked on her academic journey at the tender age of 9, enrolling in the intensive university program that she remarkably completed within a mere 3 years.
Despite facing prejudice and expectations due to her age, she remained steadfast, overcoming hurdles and naysayers, and emerging triumphant in her pursuit of knowledge.
“I’m going to be happy for myself too, not just for other people,” she asserted passionately in an interview with CBC News. “I am proud of myself for getting to this point, despite all the hurdles and blocks that there have been for a person like me.”
The young genius exhibited exceptional intellectual prowess early on, prompting her mother, Johanna Dennis, a law professor and a single mother, to recognize and nurture her special skills from the age of 2. Johanna’s unwavering support and guidance played a pivotal role in shaping Anthaea-Grace’s path to success.
Remarkably, Anthaea-Grace has already established herself as a budding researcher, having completed a 40-page thesis delving into the intricate relationship between functional activity in the cerebellum and handedness.
Demonstrating astonishing dedication, she completed the research within a year and presented her findings at the prestigious Ottawa-Carleton Institute of Biology Symposium.
Beyond her academic achievements, Anthaea-Grace is a prodigious violinist, displaying her talents with finesse and grace. While excelling in her academic pursuits, she also finds time to indulge in personal interests, spending quality moments with her beloved cats and enjoying TV shows with her family.
Looking ahead with undeterred ambition, Anthaea-Grace has her sights set on postgraduate studies, determined to continue her groundbreaking research on functional activity in the cerebellum.
Her aspirations extend further, as she dreams of establishing her research lab and leading a team of like-minded researchers in the future.
“I’m very motivated by the fact that I can be the first (to do) something. You know, being able to show other young, gifted, and talented people that something like this is possible, that you can get through these roadblocks, has always been something that I’ve always wanted to do,” she shared with unwavering enthusiasm.
Anthaea-Grace Patricia Dennis’s journey is a testament to the power of determination, unwavering support, and passion for knowledge.
Her pioneering spirit serves as an inspiration to countless young minds worldwide, reaffirming the possibilities that lie within each individual’s reach.