Alena Analeigh Wicker is only 13 years old, but she’s already making history.
Alena Analeigh Wicker recently became the youngest Black person ever to be accepted into medical school.
In a post on June 30, the teenager announced her acceptance to the University of Alabama at Birmingham to more than 18,000 followers.
“Statistics would have said I never would have made it,” she wrote. “A little black girl adopted from Fontana California. I’ve worked so hard to reach my goals and live my dreams.Mama I made it. I couldn’t have done it without you. You gave me every opportunity possible to be successful. You cheered me on, wiped my tears, gave me oreos when I needed comfort, you never allowed me to settle, disciplined me when I needed . You are the best mother a kid could ever ask for. MAMA I MADE IT! You always believed in me.You allowed me space to grow and become, make mistakes without making me feel bad. You allowed me the opportunity to experience the world.”
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Last year, she spoke with 12 News fresh on her acceptance to ASU’s engineering program and shared her dreams of working with NASA. However, she soon realized she was interested in a different type of science.
Below are 5 key facts about Alena Analeigh Wicker, a 13-year-old Texas girl who got accepted into medical school
- The prodigy, who was homeschooled, graduated high school in 2021.
- She started classes at Arizona State University (ASU) that summer with the goal of becoming a NASA engineer.
- She completed more than half of her undergraduate requirements in one year by taking full course loads at ASU and Oakwood University.
- Alena was accepted to UAB’s Heersink School of Medicine under its Burroughs Wellcome Scholars Early Assurance Program in May.
- If all goes according to Alena’s plans, she will become a doctor by age 18.