Fergus Falls teen attends college at 14 years oldFergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- There's a Fergus Falls teen who wants to rid the world of cancer. He just may have the tools to do it. Before having a driver’s license, he'll have a college degree with 4 majors, and before being legal to drink, he'll have a doctorate.
By: Todd Kurtz, WDAY
Fergus Falls, MN (WDAY TV) -- There's a Fergus Falls teen who wants to rid the world of cancer. He just may have the tools to do it. Before having a driver’s license, he'll have a college degree with 4 majors, and before being legal to drink, he'll have a doctorate.
Take a good look at this young man. He has a gift and a drive to change the world, a prodigy since he first spoke.
Marla Turner – Jay’s Mother: "The first thing was not ‘mama’ or ‘daddy’ or ‘bye-bye’ or anything like that normal. He said, ‘puppy don't bark outside.’ He was frustrated and he wasn't going to talk until he could do the entire sentence all at once."
Think about what you did at 14. Jay Turner took senior pictures. He heads to the University of Minnesota-Morris this month. He'll take more than 20 credits a semester and graduate in just two years with a major in biochemistry, chemistry, math and physics.
Jay Turner - Prodigy: "I’ve done that many at M-State my last 4 years, so I’m pretty accustomed to that."
By the time Jay is 20 he'll be working in genetic research, partly because of his father Scott. Scott died in 2001 from cancer and Jay says he's going to find a cure.
Marla Turner: "If this tragedy gets to have other people healed or cured because of that, than it's a good ultimately.”
Todd: “Can he do it?
Marla Turner: “Absolutely. There's no doubt in my mind."
He beat out tens of thousands of other college bound teens for a countless number of scholarships, read novels while others finger painted in kindergarten, and plans on curing cancer. Yet, maybe what's most impressive is his ability to be normal -- this young man is modest, kind and caring.
Jay Turner: "I’m glad I’ve been able to help people out. I hope to make more friendships as I grow up and reach the world, get all my career goals done, graduate and get a driver’s license.
How about this for a 14 year old - Jay hates summer vacation amd says he can't wait to get back to school. He does play baseball to pass some time. Two of Jays older siblings, one 18 the other 17, are both working on masters degrees right now.