Adopted 13-Year-Old Girl Accepted Into Medical School

Adopted 13-Year-Old Girl Accepted Into Medical School


An adopted 13-year-old prodigy has been accepted into medical school after completing high school at age 12.

Alena Analeigh Wicker was accepted into the University of Alabama’s Heersink School of Medicine in the fall of 2024 after applying for the school’s Early Assurance Program. Wicker is currently enrolled in both Arizona State University and Oakwood University, where is she earning two separate undergraduate biology degrees. Despite her academic success, Wicker insists that she is just like any other teenager.

“I’m still a normal 13-year-old,” Alena told The Washington Post. “I just have extremely good time management skills and I’m very disciplined.”

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Wicker’s adoptive mother explained to The Post that she began noticing that Wicker was different from other children at a very young age.

“Alena was gifted,” Wicker’s mother,

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