12-year-old Albuquerque boy already mastering high-level math

Posted at: 08/28/2014 6:09 PM
Updated at: 08/28/2014 6:21 PM
By: Jorge Torres, KOB Eyewitness News 4

At the Kumon Math and Reading Center in northeast Albuquerque, young minds are encouraged to reach their highest potential, according to Susan Howell, the director of the center.

"The children gain not only academic ability, but also confidence and a can-do attitude. With that, they can do anything in life," she said.

One of the young minds has been coming to the center since the first grade, and it's safe to say that he's learned a few things.

"I started with simple addition and subtraction, now I've just finished integrals and derivatives," said 12-year-old Ryan Holmes.

"I like the challenge and knowing that I can figure it out," he said.

Ryan has learned them so well, and enjoys math so much, that he's being recognized for it.

"Ryan is very gifted, and also a very dedicated student. Ryan is number 4 out of 23,000 Kumon students in his grade in the U.S. and Canada in the Math Curriculum," Howell said.

He is still just a kid, and he's not sure what he wants to be when he grows up, but he does want to do one thing for sure.

"Just anything that involves math. That's what's best for me," said Ryan, who's the youngest student to complete the Math Curriculum at Kumon in Albuquerque.