Rodrigo Medinilla, is a unique 12- year old seventh-grader born in Miami Florida, in the United States of America.
Due to the fact of his very noticeable advanced intelligence, he has been encouraged to skip grades since Kindergarten, his latest academic achievement being invited to the Duke TIP Program at Duke University in North Carolina. Rodrigo also became the Champion of the 79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee competition in 2019, which made him qualify for and will soon be competing in the Scripps National Spelling Bee in the Washington D.C. this coming May.
This curious child is also a coder and programmer, he performs these tasks in his robotics team, since this young genius handles 7 computer coding languages since he was 8 years old, he applies them daily in the projects, and competitions that he forms part of.
In 2018, Rodrigo passed with flying colors a set of exams to determine his high school educational knowledge (P.E.R.T - Postsecondary Educational Readiness Test), which has given him the opportunity to be part of the dual enrollment program that his school , Pinecrest Preparatory Middle.High offers. He now takes college courses to advance his college curriculum, while simultaneously completing his normal middle school syllabus, where he also takes advance grades Honors Gifted classes.
Rodrigo is very familiar with the concept of competitions, since he has participated and won in numerous academic tournaments, whether at the county, state, national and global levels. This includes the very renowned American genius child competition show called Genius Junior, that aired in national television on NBC, where he secured his position up to the Final Championship.
We can also mention that Rodrigo is an avid reader. His thirst for knowledge enables him to read 250-page books in just 40 minutes.
Rodrigo is the definition of a human calculator. Mathematics was always a passion for him and he can usually solve problems in his head as if nothing, without paper or calculator; as it can easily be seen an example of in Genius Junior. For this reason his team decided to take advantage of it and nominated him the "Super Brain" for the mathematics section of the competition.
But mathematics, and coding are not the only language that Rodrigo speaks. He is currently fluent in three languages and focusing in learning more.
Rodrigo also practices Tae Kwon Do since he was 3 years old, earning his first category of black belt when he was only 8 years old. He is patiently waiting to to reach the age of 15 to acquired his 1st Dan grades, since they require age limits in addition to real and physical knowledge, which he has in abundance.
He is an adorable child, very active, and sociable.
He also plays tennis and enjoys playing the piano, drums, and electric guitar. In their own band together with his father, they have composed and recorded up to this day more than 3 songs together.
Oh, and let's not forget that, of course, he also loves to play video games, like any child his age.
Rodrigo is also an American MENSA member since the early age of 6. This fact helped him to be chosen for Genius Junior, among thousands of requests from children across the country and after numerous academic tests and castings.
Being part of an organization that celebrates, encourages and supports its unique members (people with high IQ values above the 98th percentile in intelligence) definitely helped open up some incredible doors.
One of the latest commemoration Rodrigo had received, was when he was invited to participate in the
Global Child Prodigy Awards.
It’s the first time ever for this initiative in the world that celebrates and expose incredible kids with a variety of so many different talents. Hundreds of people around the globe nominated Rodrigo which moved this organization to invite him.
These are just some of the many achievements that this charming prodigy has achieved at his young age. It came, at no surprise, when the City of Doral, in Florida, wanted to commemorate him by proclaiming June 13th as Rodrigo Andres Medinilla Day, as read in the proclamation; “…The city of Doral is proud to recognize Rodrigo’s many accomplishments and celebrate his thirst for innovation and knowledge in the world of robotics and beyond. We encourage him to never stop dreaming or pursuing his passions as he is on his way to making an impact in the world…"
Rodrigo has always been encouraged by everyone around him to take his educational knowledge to the next level. Last January his school invited him to participate in the Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program)'s Summer Studies Program. In order to qualify for this program you must be above 95% in the results of the standardized exams of each state. After qualifying, you must submit a SAT or ACT (the normal for high school) to determine the admission to their programs and to see if they place you in the talent hunt they perform each year. Out of 46,544 7th graders who tested as part of the Duke TIP 7th Grade Talent Search during the 2018-2019 academic year, only 15,262 (1,31% of the nation) achieved high enough scores to be invited to a recognition ceremony, including 2,241 students (0,19% of the nation) that were invited to the Grand Recognition Ceremony for having obtained scores above the 90% of the high schoolers in the entire nation for the same academic year. Rodrigo assisted to both ceremonies.
79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee
79th Annual Miami Herald Spelling Bee
VEX IQ World Championship Robotics Competition
Genius Junior Season 1 - Human GPS
Rodrigo's Piano Interpretation of "All I have to do is dream" by Boudleaux Bryant
NBC 6' in the Mix - First Interview
Rodrigo's Guitar Interpretation of "Fluorescent Adolescent" by Artic Monkeys
World of Music School - Inauguration Miami Fl.
Genius Junior Season 1 - Memory Cruncher
USA Tae Kwon Do - Demonstration
World of Music School - Spring Show
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