16-year-old EMCC graduate attending Howard University

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KEMPER CO., Miss. (WTOK) - Brendell Allen graduated from East Mississippi Community College at the age of 16 and is now in her first year at Howard University.

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“I’m very excited for the classes, but I am also excited to experience all of the different cultures that are here,” Brendell says.

Brendell’s experience thus far has been a positive one.

“It’s been going really great, I’ve met a lot of people, I’ve made a lot of connections, everyone is really nice and welcoming, and everything is really going great,” Brendell says. “I thought the classes would be big and not as personal or we wouldn’t have that kind of personal connection with our professor, but they’re actually very home-y and you get to know the professor and talk to you, they interact with you, so I was very thrilled about that.”

Her parents, Jennifer and Rendell, thank God and their church families among others for getting Brendell to this point in her life.

“Mr. Henry Granger was really a help in allowing her to reach her dreams, so that’s what I think about, but I think of Jesus first,” Jennifer says.

It has been hard for Mr. and Mrs. Allen to see their daughter move far away, but they are proud.

“This is the first time that she and I have been separated since birth, and it was really hard,” Rendell explains. “But I realized that it was time for me to let her go so she could really prepare herself for her future.”

Howard was Allen’s first choice but she was also accepted by other universities. After Newscenter 11 interviewed her in July....Howard University contacted us to get in touch with her.