16-year-old valedictorian has big plans and is already reaching for his dreams

GWINNETT COUNTY, Ga. — Jeremhy Cesar is only 16 years old and leads his class at Lanier High School.

Cesar, like many of his classmates, has big plans after graduation. But first he must make it through his big graduation speech on Monday afternoon.

He knows exactly what message he would like to share with his 424 Lanier High classmates.

“Genius is really 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration, so I want to be the one percent in order for them to work toward whatever they are passionate about,” said Cesar.

Cesar’s parents, David and Alexandra Cesar, say they have known for years he was ahead of his peers.

“I don’t know what I should feel most excited about,” said David Cesar.

Cesar’s parents have tried their best to support their gifted son.

“If they have a gift, you just make sure that gift flourishes and a little spanking here and there doesn’t hurt,” said Alexandra Cesar.

Cesar entered high school at just 12 years old, will graduate at 16 and has already completed a year’s worth of college credit.


Cesar works hard but he has faced challenges like all students.

“When I dual-enrolled at Georgia Tech I got a B in a math class that I took and I think that was really an awakening for me that there is more there I need to learn,” said Cesar.

Cesar plans to go to Georgia Tech and ultimately attend law school.

“I’m going to be 16 when I enter and when I graduate I’m not even going to be able to drink — I’ll be 20. I’m going to do the same thing and work harder there,” Cesar said.