There’s been a ripple effect of success stories of Black boys being accepted into the nation’s most prestigious universities. From Kwasi Enin’s acceptance to every Ivy league school, to Avery Coffey and Akintunde Ahmad’s acceptances into multiple Ivy league institutions, Black boys have announced success story after success story in college admissions this year. And then there are the “Jones Boys,” Washington D.C. triplets, Malik, Ahmed and Kahlil, who have all earned a 3.7 GPA at Georgetown Day School.
And as they prepare for high school graduation, the trio debates which college to attend, Columbia University or the University of Pennsylvania. This decision is most parents’ dream come true: watching and advising as your children decide between some of the most respected university’s in America. "No matter the topic, you'd be hard-pressed to find a more impressive trio. "You can't let the other person be better than you," Kahlil laughs about the competitive spirit the brothers enjoy. "You don't want to be the worst one, right? So it's always like we're pushing each other."
In an interview with NBC Washington, the triplets speak of a healthy competition amongst themselves. One that has helped them earn stellar GPAs and high SAT scores. They also commend their parents for instilling in them spirits of achievement.
News of the Jones Boys success comes just after a report that academic powerhouse, Harvard University, accepted a record number of Black students into its freshman class of 2018—12 percent of its total applicants who were offered admissions.
While many have become accustomed to reports of violence amongst Black boys or stories of lack and injustice, it’s refreshing to hear the positive, motivating stories of young men who are going against the odds and achieving success by any means necessary. Their inspiration and example will prove beneficial to those young Black boys who come after them—setting a new standard of excellence.
"The three of us together shine so much more brightly than the three of us separate," says Ahmed.
Do you have a high school student headed to college in the fall? brag about their achievements here!