11-year-old takes school network by the horns

When Victory Baptist School, a small private school in Sherwood, Ark., was struggling to keep its computer network together last year, an 11-year-old student named Jon Penn stepped in as network manager, reports Network World. Penn did it to help his mother, Paula, the school librarian who had computer support added to her workload a week before the school year started when the existing IT systems overseer suddenly departed. For Jon–who says his favorite reading material is computer trade magazines–it’s been the experience of a lifetime, even getting to select and install a gateway security appliance largely by himself. "This is kind of a small school, and I’m known as the computer whiz," the sixth grader says…

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