Education: Summer Cum Velocitate

How can parents cope with the rising cost of college? Answer: raise a boy like Thomas Lagos, who has just saved his family thousands of dollars by breezing through Ohio's Wittenberg University in a single year. A Wittenberg faculty member said, "It's phenomenal, we've never seen anything like it here." Says his awed father, a Greek immigrant farmer: "Whatever Tommy do, he like to do fast."

No prodigy, Tom is a prodigious toiler who started taking college courses while still at Shawnee High School in Springfield, Ohio, trained himself to read 750 words a minute, and arrived at Wittenberg last fall having...

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