- Associated Press - Sunday, September 17, 2017

MACON, Ga. (AP) - A Georgia teenager is putting in two hours of practice a day to prepare for his first Rubik’s Cube competition.

Hassan Harclerode Jr., a 10th-grader at Central High School in Macon, bought his first Rubik’s Cube on Amazon two months ago and spent two hours solving it the first time.

Now he’s down to an average time of 40 seconds solving the puzzle cube. His fastest time was 27 seconds.

“I saw a challenge that I hadn’t done,” Harclerode told The Telegraph . “I really wanted to test my skill and brain power.”

He plans to compete Sept. 24 in his first competition in Marietta. With practice, he hopes to someday make it to the cubing nationals.

He’ll likely need a bit more practice. The world record for solving a Rubik’s Cube currently stands at a blazing 4.74 seconds.

“I want to see if I can at least get below 15 seconds,” Harclerode said. “You do need a certain strategy and a way to do it. There is a certain pattern and algorithms to do it.”

To improve his skills, Harclerode recently upgraded from a standard cube to a higher-quality model. He uses a computer program online to time himself.

When he’s not cubing, Harclerode enjoys drawing, reading and playing video games. He also says he likes math, science, art and English, and he wants to study art and architecture in college.

“He’s very quiet and reserved. He gets into things more deeply than his classmates. He’s more analytical,” said Erika Wallace, an English teacher at Central High School.

Wallace said she’s seen Harclerode solve his Rubik’s Cube.

“It’s mind-boggling.”


Information from: The Telegraph, https://www.macontelegraph.com

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