Dennis Maliq Barnes, 16, a senior at International High School of New Orleans, told CNN that he didn’t initially want to set any records.
“As I applied to more schools, as the numbers went up, with financial aid and college acceptances, I became intrigued,” Barnes said.
Barnes said he started applying to schools in August 2022 and was proud when the acceptances and scholarships started rolling in.
School officials say Barnes’ achievement sets a new world record and have contacted Guinness World Records to make it official, according to Clark Castle, a spokesman for the school and Barnes.
Barnes has a 4.98 GPA, graduated two years early and has not yet decided which school he will attend in the fall.
“I don’t know where I want to go,” Barnes said, but added, “I plan to major in computer science and then go to law school.”
Barnes attributes his achievements to his family, friends and faith in God: “I’m a God-fearing young man, I put God first.
Barnes applied to 200 schools and plans to announce his final decision in early May before graduation on May 24.
And for those who come after him, Barnes has a piece of advice: “If you keep your school, your education as a priority and keep God in the middle, then you will surely be successful no matter what you do.”
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