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Lakenheath High School senior Kallie Hedberg, 17, and her "favorite equation" the Euler equation, which combines the five constants into one simple mathematical statement. Whatever that means.

Lakenheath High School senior Kallie Hedberg, 17, and her "favorite equation" the Euler equation, which combines the five constants into one simple mathematical statement. Whatever that means. (Ben Murray / S&S)

Lakenheath High School senior Kallie Hedberg is an advanced-placement student in every category she studies and president of the local National Honor Society chapter.

In December, the 17-year-old, who also is a former captain of the Lakenheath Academic Team, was accepted to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a school that only accepts students whose IQs are in the stratosphere.

Let’s just start with a list of what you’re taking now for courses.

OK. I’m taking AP biology, AP physics, AP calculus, AP government, AP literature and architectural drawing.

They don’t offer AP architectural drawing?

No, it’s not really a course. … It’s a program where you make buildings and floor plans and things like that.

Tell us about your plans for college.

I’m really excited to be going to MIT, because it’s right in Boston and Boston’s just cool. I want to go there and study civil engineering. … What I’m really interested in is learning how to make buildings more environmentally friendly.

Now, you’ve said it seems really boring [to other people].

Yeah, I mean by traditional standards. Sort of like, in the back of my mind I would think, “A normal person would think this is really boring.”

Yeah.

I don’t know. I’m finding it very fascinating.

Do you find other kids think that? Do they say, like, “Oh, she’s going into building cities. …”

Um. Hmmm. I think a lot of people don’t plan as much as I do. And other people that I talk to about civil engineering have been like, “Oh, that’s just determining whether you need to use concrete or cement.” So it’s like, “Oh. Thanks for killing my dream.”

Do you consider yourself part of the geek squad?

Yeah, pretty much. There isn’t a large geek culture here, actually.

Now, I’ve seen and enjoyed “Good Will Hunting.” Does Matt Damon still teach at MIT?

[Jokingly] I don’t think so.

Are you prepared to be called “wicked smaht?”

Yes.

Have you tried out your Massachusetts accent?

I can do Hah-vahd. Haaah-vaaahd.

Hah-vahd?

Hah-vahd.

Do you know your GPA?

4.12 … 4.13?

How can you get higher than four?

Well, because AP classes count as five points, and so I just have more.

Are there classes in school that you’re not good at?

I’m not good at handwriting or spelling. And I don’t really like writing essays, but if I sit down and slave away at them I can actually write a pretty good essay. And art.

Spell “quadrangle.”

Q-U-A-D-R-A-N-G-L-E.


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