A set of triplets born severely premature are staying together and heading to two prominent Atlanta HBCUs to continue their education.
Per USA Today, Morgan Hicks, Sanai Hicks, and Tony Hicks Jr. graduated high school with a 3.7, 3.8, and 3.9 GPA. They have all received scholarships and were accepted to dozens of schools across the country.
“My PWI dream school was Duke and my HBCU dream school was Spelman,” Sanai told USA TODAY. “My mom, when we were applying, she told us to apply to as many as we possibly could so that we could have options to choose from.”
“Once we toured Spelman, it was over,” Sharnetta added. “We never made it to North Carolina A&T. We never made it to Tuskegee or Alabama.”
The triplets all received scholarships from their respective HBCUs to help fund their education.
Tony Jr. got $60,000 from Morehouse while Sanai and Morgan each received $18,000 from Spelman in addition to private scholarships through other programs.
The triplets’ accomplishments are a great sense of pride for their parents, Sharnetta Hicks and Tony Hicks Sr.
Sharnetta reflected on the triplets’ hard start in the world, being born at 27 weeks, with the girls weighing 1.1 pounds and Tony weighing 2 pounds. After the birth, Sharnetta suffered a ruptured abscess, resulting in a two-day stay in the intensive care unit and she couldn’t see her children until two weeks later.
“My wedding band actually fit on Morgan’s wrist,” Tony Sr. said. “She was the smallest of the three. It was just amazing to see that and to see them now.”
The triplets certainly have a bright future ahead of them.
Sanai plans to pursue a law degree while Morgan wants to become a biomedical engineer and plans to study biochemistry and complete a dual-degree engineering program. Tony Jr. is pursuing a degree in applied physics and has aspirations to become an aerospace engineer at NASA.