Black Girl Magic: Twins rack in $1M in scholarships and accepted to 38 colleges

Arielle and Arianna Williams are bound for success and won’t stop until they reach greatness.

The sisters graduating at the top of their 2020 class have been accepted into 38 colleges and awarded more than $1 million in scholarships — after finishing first and second in their senior class, WDJT-TV in Milwaukee reported.

“We’ve always been those overachievers throughout school, period,” said Arielle Williams, who is expected to be named class salutatorian, just on the heels of her sister, Arianna.

“We need wanted to do the basic,” agreed Arianna. “We always wanted to go above and do beyond that.”

Their school, Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy, requires students to apply to at least three schools — but that didn’t sit well with the Williams twins: Arianna said she wanted to apply to 30 on her own, including a school in Alaska.

“I’m not going there, but why not?” she said.

The two want to study nursing and are leaning toward starting local and accepting a scholarship from Marquette University in their hometown.

Wherever they go, it’s already made their high school proud.

“We couldn’t be more proud of their growth, choices and their ability to persevere with joy in the face of obstacles,” Fuller Academy Principal Judith Parker told WDJT. “They have traveled, organized community service projects, met Michelle Obama and represented our school inside of our walls and throughout our city.”

The twins admit it wasn’t all smooth sailing, but hope their success motivates other students who are struggling to stay focused during the coronavirus pandemic.

“It’s okay to fail sometimes,” Arianna said. “You gotta accept your failures. Just come back harder. Do the most?”

Howard Fuller Collegiate requires all students to apply to at least three schools.

‘I said I wanted to do 30,’ explains Arianna. ‘I even applied to schools in Alaska. I’m not going there, but why not.’

Other schools on the sisters’ list included: Hampton University, Louisiana State University and Benedict College.

‘We were thinking about Benedict, we got a full ride there, but they didn’t have our major,’ both said.

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