12 YEAR OLD GIRL MOVED UP A GRADE
A COMING OF AGE PRODIGY?
BY JAMES PERKINS ON SEPTEMBER 16, 2014
The usual ages for students at Rose range from 14 to 18 years old, but this year there are a few exceptions to that standard.
One of these exceptions is freshman Andy Smiley who is 12 years old and turning 13 this year. Students in Elizabeth Gallup’s math 2 class were talking and introducing themselves when they figured out that they had a 12 year old in their class. Andy was recommended to skip the seventh grade because she was so far ahead of the other students. She already knew most of the curriculums being taught, so she jumped to eighth grade where the classes were harder and while learning new curriculums.
“At times it can be strange to be the youngest one at Rose, but I do not mind it all that much,” Smiley said.
Mrs. Fuqua isn’t surprised that Smiley skipped a grade because of her academic record and that she is ready to take high school courses.
“I think that I will go through high school like a regular freshman at Rose would.” Smiley said, “I do not think I’ll be skipping any semesters this year but if the classes become too easy I might have to skip one.”
Smiley takes all honor classes which including Math 2, two different science classes and jazz band. Next semester she will take Math 3, Padea English and Padea World History.
“Picking classes is not any different for her then for any other student at Rose,” Mrs. Fuqua said. “We just put her in the classes she needs to take as a freshman at Rose.”
Smiley’s extracurricular activities at Rose include jazz band that she has for three days a week and for three hours of those days and colorguard. Outside of school she also takes a dance class for six hours a week. When she gets out of college she wants to become a professional dancer
“Everyone treats me like a normal freshman and not like I’m 12 or like I’m in the eighth grade,” Smiley said.