Keimon Dupree aspires to be a mechanical engineer, but balances his academic pursuits with sports and music. (Photo by Jacquelyn McDonald for New Pittsburgh Courier)

Keimon Dupree aspires to be a mechanical engineer, but balances his academic pursuits with sports and music. (Photo by Jacquelyn McDonald for New Pittsburgh Courier)

Keimon Alexander Dupree, 14, a ninth-grade honor student at Urban Pathways Charter School in Downtown Pittsburgh, has the demeanor of a seasoned scholar with his eyes on the prize—a degree in mechanical engineering from Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology or Carnegie Mellon University.

He is on track for reaching his goal in that his favorite subject is math. He has maintained a 4.0 GPA for the majority of his school years and has a unique and quick understanding of the technical aspects of things.

When Keimon’s father brought home a set of schematics from an electrical class he was taking for work, the youth spotted them on the table and then demonstrated his keen ability to translate information, stunning his parents.

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