Highland Park's Gordon, 16, Feels at Home in College

Alex Gordon, who graduated Highland Park High School in June at 15, talks about life as a freshman at Northwestern University.

Alex Gordon was 13 when he participated on a model congress as a Highland Park High School sophomore.
Alex Gordon was 13 when he participated on a model congress as a Highland Park High School sophomore.

When Alex Gordon graduated from Highland Park High School in June he chose a college that was not too far away.

But Gordon could not drive to school at Northwestern University in Evanston. He was 15.

Now Gordon is a 16-year old Wildcat freshman and has jumped into an active college life just like the one he had as a Giant, according to a story in the Daily Northwestern. Gordon debates as part of the mock trial team, writes for the school’s satirical magazine, is already taking upper level economic classes and is a research assistant at the Kellogg School of Management. Kellogg has graduate only programs.

While a Highland Park High School student, Gordon debated as well. He also blogged on politics for Patch writing about the 2012 Presidential election and the selection of Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) as the GOP’s vice presidential choice.

As a 13-year-old sophomore, Gordon developed a snow shoveling program in Highland Park for senior citizens and others who could not clear snow themselves.

A Stevenson High School graduate and current Northwestern student, Jimmy Chang, who debated against Gordon at the prep level, holds him in awe. “It’s weird because he’s so much younger than us, but he’s vastly more intelligent than anyone I’ve ever met,” Chang said in the Daily Northwestern story. “His level of intellect is just beyond anything I comprehend.”

At 13, Gordon also amazed then Rep. Robert Dold (R-Kenilworth) when he participated in the Congressman’s model congress nearly three years ago. “You get to see all the back and forth you don’t see on C-SPAN,” Gordon said in a Patch story at the time. “You are very busy in committee dealing with bills.” When told of the remark, Dold marveled at Gordon’s perception.

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Stu Pidasso January 17, 2014 at 04:53 PM
Alex,Keep up the good work!! I'm Impressed!!
forest barbieri January 17, 2014 at 08:08 PM
Very admirable! Seems to be a very bright and good kid. Hope he gets to also be a teen and have fun too. College and life are not all about the academics.
Josh Olkdaddyfresh January 17, 2014 at 09:23 PM
Could not agree more with Mr Barbieri.


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