Teen a promising computer expert

08/02/2007
By Used with permission from the Eagle Tribune Online. By Shawn Boburg Staff Writer

NORTH ANDOVER -- Daniel Caselden still wasn't old enough to drive by the time he had taken enough college courses to earn a certificate for his computer know-how.

The Pingree School senior, now 17, is still working on a high school diploma. But in his spare time over the last three years, he has completed nine college courses at UMASS-Lowell.

Seven of those classes qualified him for a certificate in multimedia applications, and he earned a 3.78 grade point average in those courses.

The classes were taken both on-line through the UMASS-Lowell Cyber Ed program and at the university.

The Pingree School requires each student to choose an after-school activity, so the classes at UMASS followed a long day of high school and an afternoon of golf or hockey and they frequently ran until 10 p.m.

While taking the first seven courses, Daniel was not old enough to drive himself to Lowell, so his mother and father, Donna and Ed of 48 Patton Lane, took turns driving him.

The North Andover native will graduate from the private Pingree School, located in South Hamilton, in June.

He is applying to several local colleges known for their strong computer science programs.