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Local whiz kid fights for dream to attend college early

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If there's anything Melissa would say, if your kid has a dream, let them pursue it. If there's anything Melissa would say, if your kid has a dream, let them pursue it.
SPOKANE, Wash. -

If you have a 12-year-old child, you know school is probably the last thing on their mind. However, there's one pre-teen that's more worried about getting accepted to college instead of at middle school.

It's not every day that you will find a 12-year-old like Malika. "She's eager, she's motivated, she loves learning, she sucks it up. I mean, she wants to go to college," said Malika's mom, Melissa Halvorson.

Malika's mom says her daughter has always been advancing, reading books, learning as much as she can and retaining information. "She learned to speak really early and she was counting and I could only count in three languages so I taught her the three I knew and she picked up and she memorized everything really easily," said Melissa.

But she needs a new challenge and that's to exceed in college. She's already got her future planned out. "I'd like to be an English teacher in Japan," said Malika. She'd like to become an artist too. Though it's been really hard to get accepted anywhere because of how old she is and GED requirements. "It has been frustrating. At 12, you're expected to fit into a certain standard," said Melissa.

However, just on Thursday, Spokane Falls Community College will let Malika take a test course in the summer. Good news for both Malika and her mom who have been fighting this battle for 7 months.

Malika's not even worried to be mixed in with people older than her. "I think that I can do it and I just want to be able to do this and fulfill my dream," said Malika.  

If there's anything Melissa would say, if your kid has a dream, let them pursue it.

SFCC says its main concern was that Malika didn't fit school policy requirements. KHQ checked in with other colleges about their policies. Gonzaga says they would be concerned about Malika's maturity level with the classes.

WSU says there's no age discrimination but they would need her parent to sign forms for every class. 

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