by G. Brown
Nothing is sweeter to a parent than to know your child is a pure genius–unless you have twins and both are geniuses!
That’s the story of identical brothers Deontae and Deontre Wright of Toledo Ohio. The twins are graduating at the very top of their Scott High School class as valedictorian and salutatorian. Deontae has a grade-point-average of 4.5 with his brother right behind him with a 4.4 GPA.
The twins say this wasn’t luck, but the end result of a lot of planning and hard work. Deontre says “We didn’t know what honor roll or the principal’s list was until the second grade. Then we wanted to be on it all the time.”
While sibling rivalry can tear some brothers and sisters apart, Deontre and Deontae let it fuel their competition to be the best academics they could be saying, “Our biggest thing is competing against each other. We ended up having a competition all throughout high school to see who would do better.”
Their mom Victoria Lampkin says her boys are “always focused” and not just on their studies. They both work two different part-time jobs, volunteer with a teen outreach program and serve in their school student government.
Their busy schedules are about to get even busier after graduation. This dynamic duo received full rides to Ohio State University where the boys will major in electrical engineering.
A surprise to no one-the twins plan to be college roommates. While many students their age are just kicking back looking to enjoy their summer vacay, not Deontae and Deontre. They’re already planning their future and how they can put those engineering degrees to good use by giving back to their home community in Toledo. Deontae says, “There are a lot of abandoned homes in the area. We will renovate the area and help train local students who are interested in learning as much as possible.”
Even though it seems like good fortune just seemingly falls into their laps, both Deontae and Deontre have worked hard to earn good grades. top spots and full scholarships. Their mom supported her sons by trusting their dedication and hard work and gave them room to get involved and give back. Not every parent will have children who will graduate at the top of their class, but with enough support and encouragement they can still excel. Even if society tells them their color or socioeconomic class will be an obstacle. Deontae and Deontre are proof that we each determine our own fate when we are willing to believe in ourselves. Deontae puts it this way, “Giving up is not an option. If you give up, you’ll never reach your goal. You might be exhausted, but at the end of the day, it will be a great outcome.”