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13-Year-Old Fort Worth Girl Becomes Youngest Black Person To Be Accepted To Medical School

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Teenage Fort Worth Girl Becomes Youngest Black Person Ever To Be Accepted To Medical School

Teenage Fort Worth Girl Becomes Youngest Black Person Ever To Be Accepted To Medical School

At just 13 years old, Alena Analeigh Wicker just became the youngest black student to ever be accepted to medical school.

The young girl, from just outside Fort Worth, Texas, was reading chapter books at 3 and taking high school courses at 11 — and she enrolled in two colleges at 12 to earn two separate degrees. But she’s not focused on her age — just her potential impact.

“What is age?” Alena asked during an interview with the Washington Post. “You’re not too young to do anything. I feel like I have proven to myself that I can do anything that I put my heart and mind to.”

The brilliant young teen has always been a few steps ahead of her peers but doesn’t think she’s too different. “I’m still a normal 13-year-old,” Alena insisted Aside from her studies, she still enjoys going to the movies, playing soccer, baking and hanging out with friends.

“I just have extremely good time management skills and I’m very disciplined,” she explained.

Alena is currently a college junior at both Arizona State University and Alabama’s Oakwood University, where she is earning two separate undergraduate degrees in biological sciences through mostly online courses.

Encouraged by her family, educators and advisers, she applied for early acceptance to medical school at the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine for 2024.

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