Wow! Triplets are Lakeside High School’s valedictorian and salutatorians

From top: Stephanie, Allison and Lauren Boden.

From top: Stephanie, Allison and Lauren Boden.

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.

106 comments Add your comment

V for Vendetta

April 23rd, 2010
9:59 am

Wow! Incredible! Hats off to the Boden family. It sounds like they have everything going for them. I with them all the success in the world.

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Maureen Downey. Maureen Downey said: Wow! Triplets are Lakeside High School’s valedictorian and salutatorians http://bit.ly/9MUtBz [...]

catlady

April 23rd, 2010
10:44 am

Way to go! What a testimony to hard work and good parenting, even though I am sure their parents are “busy.”

dbow

April 23rd, 2010
11:04 am

These girls represent everything that’s good about kids and education! I would love to know how the parents raised their kids so others could copy their model.

John Q

April 23rd, 2010
11:09 am

Supa dupa cool!

V for Vendetta

April 23rd, 2010
11:24 am

catlady and dbow,

I agree! I’d be willing to bet their parents weren’t too busy to read to them. Funny how that works, isn’t it?

teacher/parent

April 23rd, 2010
11:30 am

As important as budget issues, RIFs, etc are, it’s always nice to hear the positive stories. Congratulations to these young ladies and their family.

Randy

April 23rd, 2010
11:35 am

Awesome! GO PUBLIC SCHOOL!

DeKalb Educated

April 23rd, 2010
12:00 pm

Lakeside has a strong history of having great students – academics and athletics. Congratulations to this wonderful family. The Lakeside tradition of academics – even in a building that is falling apart and surrounded by trailers – continues. Good parenting. High educational standards. Supporting community. There are still shining examples in DeKalb despite the BOE. Yea! Congratulations to these girls and their family.

dbow

April 23rd, 2010
12:05 pm

I’ve read studies that say reading to your children, teaching them basic math facts, singing the ABC’s with them, and other stuff we good parents do have no effect on their educational outcomes. I completely disagree with that of course, but even if it were true, the bonds it creates are worth more than words can describe. I bet these proud parents didn’t spend one extra minute at work if they didn’t have too.

V for Vendetta

April 23rd, 2010
12:20 pm

dbow,

Completely untrue. There are MANY studies that show that early childhood reading is one most influential factors of educational development and best predictors of future academic success. Students who are not read to start off behind the peers and never catch up. The things you mention are HUGE! Everyone should do them.

But I could care less about those who don’t.

Barbara

April 23rd, 2010
12:27 pm

Enter your comments here

Barbara

April 23rd, 2010
12:33 pm

Hats off to the parents for a wonderful job raising these young ladies. More parents should invest time in their children. Hopefully this story will motivate others.

Hannah

April 23rd, 2010
12:42 pm

Holy cow!! Great story!

Kay

April 23rd, 2010
12:44 pm

What a testimony! For the parents and the 3 daughters.

Ole Guy

April 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Good parenting and good genes! Congratulations, ladies. I know you will succeed with all your endeavors. Mom and Dad, you have a helluva lot to be proud of.

Becky

April 23rd, 2010
12:45 pm

Congrats to the triplets and to the parents..Sounds like both parents have pretty demanding jobs (my opinion), but they still managed to raise bright girls that will go on to be bright successful women..

Rana Cash

April 23rd, 2010
12:48 pm

What an unbelievable accomplishment. Congratulations to these young ladies and their parents!!

Kendall's mom

April 23rd, 2010
1:02 pm

Kudos to the young ladies and their parents on a job WELL DONE!!!

Guy Incognito

April 23rd, 2010
1:07 pm

I’ve coached against these wonderful ladies for 4 years now. They are hard not to like, in spite of being 1-3 vrs them

Mark

April 23rd, 2010
1:07 pm

Born at 32 weeks… and look at how much life they have enjoyed – and brought joy upon others! How can anyone say life doesn’t exist in the 3rd trimester? God bless these girls! Pray to end abortion!

irisheyes

April 23rd, 2010
1:15 pm

ga

April 23rd, 2010
1:16 pm

Awesome – way to go!

[...] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Rana Cash. Rana Cash said: And did you read this story: Triplets sweep 1-2-3 in their class at Lakeside High! Tremendous accomplishment. http://bit.ly/9sbsAG [...]

Mommy me

April 23rd, 2010
1:19 pm

@dbow – Have you ever met a small child without proper parents? I’m not saying that the kids cannot catch up, but they are delayed. Their speech/vocabulary are behind their peers. They spend a lot of time seeking any kind of attention. They cannot read aloud in class like other children and hence they are not confident in school.
There is a trickle-down (up?) effect on their later years and how they feel about learning.

teddy

April 23rd, 2010
1:21 pm

great story and congrats to them and their parents. As for Mark’s comments, please dude – leave the political commentary and let us enjoy a good old fashioned feel good story.

julia

April 23rd, 2010
1:23 pm

that is so cool.. Congrats girls!!

Adrienne

April 23rd, 2010
1:30 pm

I know these girls and their family — amazing people! What an accomplishment ladies, and truly the tip of the iceberg for what you ALL are going to achieve in the future. So honored to know you. Coach A

TTPB

April 23rd, 2010
1:32 pm

I salute these young women as positive role models, praise their parents for their love and support, and commend the AJC for moving forward with MORE POSITIVE articles on these women!

the prof

April 23rd, 2010
1:40 pm

Neat…I have triplets too. Hope they can compare in the future.

Avid Hahira/Valdosta Braves Fan

April 23rd, 2010
1:55 pm

Congratulations Boden family! Education is the supreme key that unlocks all doors.

Shaun

April 23rd, 2010
2:01 pm

Congrats to these ladies and their parents. This is a great story, as a parent of a 4 year old, I will read even more to him, thanks for the story.

SWD FB Mom

April 23rd, 2010
2:16 pm

Congratulations to the young ladies! Graduating in the top 10% of your class is a remarkable achievement for an individual sibling. Best wishes on your future endeavors. Hats off to your parents.

Barbara

April 23rd, 2010
2:18 pm

Thanks for a Fridya, feel-good story. And many congratulations to the Boden family for nurturing academics and athletics.

MLKLionsFootball

April 23rd, 2010
2:20 pm

Congratulations to the young ladies, their parents and teachers. This is a remarkable accomplishment!

Fedup

April 23rd, 2010
2:22 pm

Awesome story…needs front page visibility – too many negative stories regarding schools right now…this family should be VERY proud of these accomplishments!

Tinytam

April 23rd, 2010
2:35 pm

Congratulations to the entire Boden family but this is the moment for the triplets to shine! Here’s a family whose story I’d love to read and learn from. Raising children who excel in academics and athletics in the public school system today is a great accomplishment. Hats off to all who helped build the foundation for these young ladies and supported them along the way!! Tremendous!

Randy

April 23rd, 2010
2:41 pm

Just heard they come from a single Mom who works two jobs!

Wow!

Jamesr1991

April 23rd, 2010
2:47 pm

Congratulations!!!!

PJP

April 23rd, 2010
2:49 pm

Wow!! Despite all the problems in Dekalb County School System, look at what it can produce!! Congratulations to the young ladies and their family!!

Bam Bam

April 23rd, 2010
3:01 pm

I love this story!! Congrats to the girls and mom and dad! Very exciting times ahead.

Amazed

April 23rd, 2010
3:13 pm

This is an incredible story.

Denise

April 23rd, 2010
3:22 pm

Incredibly outstanding! Hats off to the parents!

Walter H Caulfield

April 23rd, 2010
3:29 pm

Congratulations to “My Girls”. Behind every story there is another one – in this case just as good if not better. The story of a mother who worked full-time but devoted every living moment for 18 years to these girls and their siblings. Congrats to you too, Mary. You all make us all so proud. PaPa and Mom-Mom.

School is Cool

April 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

SO nice to hear some good news coming out of public education. Congrats to these fine young women!

School is Cool

April 23rd, 2010
3:45 pm

whoa…let me clarify before I get slaughtered. “coming out of public education”….meaning that there’s been nothing but bad news lately in regards to budget and employment cuts. whew!

Ashley Nicole

April 23rd, 2010
3:59 pm

with these three young ladies there is hope for education in this state, hopesfully when they are fabulous career women they won’t up and leave for greener pasture although i wouldn’t blame them if they did. they should post their academic and sport achievements in all the public schools in the state . lets hear it for all those who want to learn and for having devoted parents who obviously put their children needs first and foremost.

Andrea

April 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Yay! Way to go Lauren, Allison, and Steph!

Ashley Nicole

April 23rd, 2010
4:00 pm

Enter your comments here

Proud Black Man

April 23rd, 2010
4:02 pm

Do we not have students of color worth mentioning?