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This past Sunday, 17-year-old Braxton Moral graduated from high school in Ulysses, Kansas. At the end of this month, he’s also graduating from Harvard.

Moral’s parents enrolled him at the world-renowned institution when he was just 11, he told CNN.

“My parents noticed I was bored in school and needed something to inspire growth, so they ended up finding the Extension School,” he said.

The extension program allows students without certain prerequisites to enroll as long as they can prove they’re able to perform at a high level. When his son showed that he could do the work, the university admitted him right before his 13th birthday.

“He loves to learn, that’s what makes him tick, and he also wants to make a difference for other kids,” Braxton’s father said.

Ulysses High School was also very accommodating, and allowed Braxton three hours a day to work on his Harvard degree.

He took some courses online and others during the summer on campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts. His first class at Harvard was JavaScript programming class. His favorite courses included Chinese language and mythology class.

“I thought it really broadened my horizons. It helped me understand new things and what I want to do [in life],” said the teen, who will receive his undergraduate degree from Harvard Extension School on May 30.

“I’m relieved to have a little bit of a head start,” he continued.

Mark Paul, principal of Ulysses High School, spoke highly of Braxton.

“Braxton graduating from both Harvard and Ulysses High School in the same year speaks of Braxton’s intellectual abilities as well as his love for the educational process,” Paul said. “Where some students would look for the easier route, Braxton looks for the intellectual challenge.”

Jarumi Crooks, a pre-admissions counselor, helped Braxton get started in the program. Harvard administrators later had to change the school’s rules to allow Braxton to graduate, because there was a previous requirement for age and a high school diploma.

“I think he realizes that he’s very lucky he’s gotten the education that he’s gotten and that he’s also lucky that he’s the only one to have been able to do it, but he also thinks that it’s a responsibility of his to make sure that other kids across the country understand how he did it and that maybe they can have a chance,” Carlos said. “He wants to bring other kids along with him.”

Braxton has a passion for the law, politics and government, and he aims to go to law school next.

“He wants to be president,” his father said.

Mackenzie Brunson/Flickr.com

Mackenzie Brunson/Flickr.com

A Virginia Beach resident was recently given the city’s “Lifesaving Award” for his heroic deed that saved a man’s life, Fox News reports.

Collin Dozier, a four-time state wrestling champion and coach identified a parked car on the side of the Lesner bridge. He saw a man leaning over the water. He immediately realized that the man was trying to commit suicide.

In that instant, he leaned over the railing which was about 10 feet away from him and asked him what was going on. At first, he didn’t get a response. He knew had to do something quickly.

“That’s when I said, ‘Don’t do it. Jesus loves you. He’s here for you,” Dozier said. “It got to the point where I felt helpless and the only thing I could possibly do was turn to the Lord and pray.”

At the time, Dozier didn’t know that Jacob, the man who he found at the bridge had tried committing suicide twice that week. He had taken PCP, meth, heroin and cocaine to give him the courage to jump off the bridge.

Dozier reached out his hand and prayed that the suicidal man would hear from Jesus and see His love. He also shared the Bible verse Jeremiah 29:11 with him.

The verse reads, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

When police got to the scene, the man told the men to back off or he would commit two murders that night. Dozier, who was within feet of him wasn’t discouraged. He didn’t feel he should walk away.

He then told Jacob that he turns to the Lord when he goes through rough periods. Every time the troubled man closed his eyes as he prepared to jump, Dozier got closer to him until he was in the perfect place to make a move.

“I knew I only had one chance to do it and do it right,” Dozier said. In that moment, the man pulled him back with a wrestling grip. Police were then able to get Jacob the help he needed.

“Out of all people, God put me there at the right place at the right time,” Dozier told Fox News.

The two are now close. Dozier visited Jacob at the rehabilitation clinic and the two talked about the Gospel.

“The love you shared with me that night – you didn’t even know me – I want that,” Jacob told him.

Because of this experience, Jacob accepted Jesus into his heart. He has also been sober for three and half weeks after struggling with drug addiction for the past 10 years. In addition to removing drugs from his life, he is now attending church and a community group.

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A dying 10-year-old boy had one last wish after spending nearly 14-months in an Arkansas hospital. Before going home for hospice care, he wanted to attend a church service for one last time.

Thanks to the support of the local community and the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Max Huseby’s wish was granted.

“To come to One Refuge Church, that’s what he wanted. To come to church!” Max’s mom, Monique Huseby said.

Max, who resides in Hot Springs, has not left the hospital since March of last year, due to battling a rare form of Leukemia.

“He’s only seen the outside from the window,” Mark, Max’s father, said. “This is the first time he can have kids that he can play with and pop balloons with and just be a kid with!”

Max’s teacher introduced Max’s parents to a local pastor, Josh Harper, and his wife Lori, who also went through a similar journey.

“We had a child with cancer,” Monique told Yahoo of her son, Jed, who is now 12.

“When our little boy was three, he was diagnosed with cancer. And so we went through the whole childhood cancer journey…”

Max’s parents started attending services at Harper’s church, One Refuge, but the boy himself has never been able to attend due to his ongoing treatment. He found joy in watching services on a live stream.

Members of the Hot Springs fire and police departments, and a number of classmates Max hadn’t seen during his extended hospital stay were at the event.

Max also received other gifts, such as an Xbox he always wanted. There was also plenty of cake and other treats.

While the event was held in honor of Max and his family, Monique said that the boy did a lot to lift the spirits of those around him.

“He really, really lifted me up a lot of times because I would just be looking at him and I’m sure he could see the heartbreak in the faces of me and his parents because of his situation declining rapidly,” Monique said. “But he would life us up.”

Even at Children’s Hospital, Max is known among the nurses and doctors for always staying positive despite how sick he is.

“He is one of the strongest humans I’ve ever met. I’m so thankful to know him.”

Max enjoyed the event, and thanked One Refuge and his community for being there for him.

“Thank you for praying for me,” Max said.

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Kendrick Castillo lost his life to save the lives of his classmates.

When they spotted a classmate with a gun, three students at STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado felt a call to act.

The teenagers jumped from their desks, not even thinking about the fact that they could lose their lives in the process.

When they slammed the armed teenager against the wall, they struggled with him right before the shots were fired.

Kendrick Castillo, who was one of the first to act was shot and killed in the process. His fellow classmates and now many around the country are calling him a hero.

“Kendrick went out as a hero,” Brendan Bialy, a close friend of Castillo who was also involved in the scuffle said. “He was a foot away from the shooter and instead of running the opposite direction he ran toward it.”

Authorities say that the actions of Castillo along with his two classmates Bialy and Joshua Jones minimized the bloodshed from the attack that ultimately wounded eight students.

One of the injured was Jones who was shot twice according to a statement released by the family.

Many questioned whether the shooting was inspired by the 1999 Columbine massacre given it happened just weeks after the shooting’s 20th anniversary and only miles away from Columbine High School.

Investigators still haven’t offered an immediate motive.

Castillo’s father had discussed with his son what to do if he was ever confronted by a gunman.

“You don’t have to be the hero,” John Castillo told NBC News when recalling his words to his son.

But the younger Castillo rejected his father’s advice, telling his dad he wouldn’t think twice about acting to save others if ever face-to-face with an armed intruder.

“You raised me this way. You raised me to be a good person. That’s what I’m doing,” John Castillo quoted his son saying.

That’s exactly what he was – a good person. A hero.