Impressive. Incredible. Amazing.
These are words to describe the scholars and student-athletes honored at the 33rd annual Les Miller Outstanding Student Awards presented by the Costa Mesa Chamber of Commerce on Friday morning at the Costa Mesa Hilton.
The words certainly fit Matthew Morgan. Those and one more: genius.
Matthew, 15, is set to graduate from Costa Mesa High two years early with a weighted 4.68 grade-point average. In the fall, he'll attend California Institute of Technology to major in mathematics.
He said he was encouraged to move to higher grades when he was in the fourth grade at Killybrooke Elementary School. Three years later, he was tackling ninth-grade classes and those were too easy.
When reading off Matthew's accomplishments, Principal Phil D'Agostino said Matthew missed three questions on his SAT practice test.
"He can levitate objects," D'Agostino joked.
And then he gave a bit of a take-that to the Dos Equis pitchman, saying Matthew is the most interesting man in the world.