As a mother of twins, I have a new role model in the world of multiples — the Boden family of DeKalb County. Their triplet daughters just achieved something that has to be a first in Georgia. At an award ceremony last night at Lakeside High School, sisters Stephanie Boden and Allison Boden were named salutatorians of the class of 2010 and their sister Lauren Boden was declared valedictorian.
That is incredible. Congratulations to the triplets and their parents for not only their remarkable academic records, but also for their many athletic feats as well.
According to Lakeside assistant principal Jason Clyne, “Not only did these ladies receive these awards, but they were almost not able to attend the awards ceremony because they were busy winning the county golf tournament yesterday afternoon.”
The Boden triplets are noted athletes in DeKalb, also playing softball. They are the oldest of five children of Mary and Scott Boden, an Emory professor of orthopaedic surgery and director of the Emory Orthopaedics & Spine Center. Mary is also a physician and worked as Medical Director and Vice President of Cigna Healthcare for Georgia, Tennessee, and Alabama.
I just hung up with the proud dad, who told me that Lauren is bound for Pomona College while Allison and Stephanie are deciding among Emory, Duke and Pomona. They all intend to continue their sports careers in college.
The triplets were born at 32 weeks, and all weighed below 4 pounds. While they remained in Intensive Care for six weeks. they did not suffer any of the major challenges that can come with prematurity, according to their dad.
I am suggesting to the AJC that we do a full feature on these young women so look for more about them and how they managed to balance academics and sports so well. In the meantime, here is a great story done on the family a few years ago by the Champion newspaper.