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Local Family's Overachieving Children Head to College

The Harding family is no stranger to overachievers. Three of their children entered college before age 12. The Harding family is no stranger to overachievers. Three of their children entered college before age 12.

At four feet, six inches and 73 pounds Heath Harding is smaller than his classmates.

"Everytime they see me, they call me big man," he grins.

But academically he's on their level. The 11-year-old should be in sixth grade but he's a freshman, not in high school, but college!

Harding says, "I really like economics."

Over achieving academically runs in the family. Heath's 16 year old sister Serennah is a senior at Huntingdon College.

Serennah says of the experience, "It's very exciting. I really look forward to the future and how many more things I can accomplish."

Their professors say it's not just their size that stands out in the classroom.

Cenzia Balit Mossalli, a professor says,]"It shows what parents can do."

Serennah and Heath's two older sisters also started college by age 12.

However, their mother insists they're just an average family. Mona Lisa Harding home schools all eight of her children. Number 9 is on the way.

"We really believe they can be anything they want to be," she says, but are they growing up too fast and missing out on certain life experiences?

Mona Lisa says she tries to find the right balance between school and social activities.

"We are involved in the church. They take part in sports."

Heath says to him learning is fun and at 11 he's on track to have a college degree before most kids have a high school diploma.

On family, Heath says, "I have been blessed with a good family that encouraged me to move on."

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