He said he applied to Princeton on a whim. “I didn’t really expect to get an offer. I didn’t believe it at first. And I still don’t believe it,” he said.
Last month, he completed his A-levels in math, chemistry, French and physics at Cayman Prep. In 2014, he earned 12 IGCSEs at A and A* at the high school.
He is also an accomplished musician who plays several instruments, and in 2014 he was named Butterfield Young Musician of the Year for his musical skills on the steel pan.
At university, Mr. Whittaker will focus on studying his favorite subject, physics, which he said was inspired by his former Cayman Prep A-level physics teacher, Jason Nehra, who was also the faculty head of science.
“Going through Prep, I really didn’t know what I would study later on. And [Mr. Nehra] was the only science teacher that I had Year 10 through Year 13 who really started my passion for physics,” said Mr. Whittaker. “And it’s really because of him that I started to enjoy physics as a subject.”
He said it’s a bit “frightening” to contemplate studying at Princeton, “but very exciting.”