Lexington-Fayette, Kentucky 2021-05-20 23:08:36 –
Lexington, Ky (LEX 18) – Four years after arriving in the United States from Cameroon, an African country, Larry Breath Lyonga Jr. reached his goal of finishing high school at the age of just 16.
“It’s just awesome,” said Brian Station High School graduate. “I am filled with endless joy. I don’t know when this joy will end, but I wish I had it for the rest of my life.
The joy was evident on Thursday when three other Lexington seniors graduated at the Rupp Arena.
“As a single mother, I am really very happy,” said Dr Royce Ekwe, Lyonga’s mother.
Lyonga, who is preparing to study engineering at university next fall, graduated early taking advantage of the opportunity to take summer school. He also said he was able to combine the second and third year semesters into one year.
“I didn’t expect the combined year of Grades 3 and 2 to work, so I exceeded my expectations,” said Lyonga. “But it was a good result.”
The pandemic has further complicated the problem, forcing Lyonga and her classmates to adapt to virtual learning. But Lyonga said her resolve was never shaken.
“The first step was to find out what you wanted,” he says. “Step two: do what you need to do to get what you want, and enjoy step three while doing it.”