Keeping up with the Youngs

Hannah Kim, Editorial Board Member

It’s your first day of high school, and you’re nervous for the big jump from middle school to high school. You don’t know where all your classes are, or how it will all work out.
Well, imagine experiencing that first day as a ten year old. That’s exactly what it’s been like for the children of the Young family. The Young siblings have attended Liberty at early ages and all have graduated by age fourteen. Currently, out of all eight children, Amy and Dave are the only Young siblings attending Liberty, and three siblings have already graduated.
After her first semester of high school, freshman Amy likes the competitive environment of high school.
“I like high school, it’s nice knowing that you’re around older kids and you can do the same things as them,” Young said.

Young, however, acknowledges that there are some social struggles with being so young in high school.
“My classmates don’t really treat me as an equal. They treat me like a younger sibling.” Young said.
While Young feels left out of conversations sometimes, she still thinks the treatment she receives is fair.
“People aren’t used to someone as young as me going to high school with them, and sometimes they don’t understand,” Young said.
Despite these challenges, Young believes that she handles the academics of high school well and is excited to learn more and prove to people that she is as smart as them despite the age gap.
Similarly, her brother Dave, a senior, sees himself as an average high schooler.
“It wasn’t my decision, but I’m glad that I skipped grades,” Young said. By attending high school early, their parents believe that they are able to jumpstart their careers and have more successful futures.
As he has settled into the groove of high school, he finds it less daunting to make friends, and likes talking to people with similar interests.
“I enjoy being in high school, and it’s not hard to make friends.” Young said.
While everyone handles the problems of high school differently, the Youngs have taken on the challenges at a remarkably young age. And even though they entered high school at young ages, Dave and Amy don’t consider themselves super geniuses like Einstein; they see themselves as normal high schoolers.
“To be honest, people ask me whether I am challenged in high school. If I was, I wouldn’t be here. I feel like any regular high schooler,” Dave Young said.