While we’ve been lauding the stories of Kwasi Enin and Avery Coffey, there’s another young man also defying the odds who should join the young league of extraordinary gentlemen. His name is Akintunde Ahmad, and he’s from Oakland. The 17-year-old with his locs and laid back attitude might say that he’s just an ordinary dude from the city, but he’s actually out here doing amazing things. The amazing things include getting a 2100 on his SAT, sustaining a 5.0 GPA and recently being accepted to quite a few Ivy League schools, including Yale, Brown and Columbia. In an interview with the ABC affiliate in San Francisco, the Oakland public school student (via Oakland Tech High) said that the encouragement of friends and family has kept him on the straight and narrow path:
“Like, my whole life, people have been telling me to stay on this path and everything will fall, the cards will fall like you want them to.”
But Ahmad says like many black youths, he’s been judged for his appearance. However, he says that at this point, it’s not something that bothers him anymore. He had this to say to the San Francisco Chronicle:
“People looking at me funny is so common that it doesn’t stick out for me anymore. It’s something that I’ve gotten used to. I’ll leave this school and there will be teachers who never knew I was one of the people on the honor roll.”
But if ask about his honor roll status and grades, Ahmad will show you his outstanding report card, which he keeps a screenshot of in his phone. Hey, if you were a straight-A student, you might do the same. But Ahmad’s mother, Zarina Ahmad, says that her son is an extremely humble young man, relaying a conversation they had about his SAT scores, which he tried to keep to himself:
“‘Son, when are you getting you scores, when?’ He said, ‘Oh I got it back.’ I said, ‘How did you do?’ ‘Well, now I have a 2100. I’m like, ‘Wow! When were you going to tell me?'”
Also an athlete excelling on the baseball field, Yale has approached Ahmad about attending and playing for the university. He says he’s now deciding between Yale and Brown, but whatever school he chooses will be quite lucky to have a young man like him strutting through the halls.