They’ve earned the nickname “Fantastic Four,” but it’s not because of any comic book superpowers, but rather their superpowered brains.
The Wade quadruplets, Aaron, Zachary, Nigel and Nick, seniors at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, are getting widespread attention for their academic achievements, particularly for gaining entrance into Harvard, Yale and other top Ivy League and prestigious colleges.
“We didn’t go into this thinking, ‘Oh, we’re going to apply to all these schools and get into all of them,’ ” Aaron Wade told the Washington Post, which confirmed their acceptance to the schools. “It wasn’t so much about the prestige or so much about the name as it was — it was important that we each find a school where we think that we’ll thrive and where we think that we’ll contribute.”
Harvard and Yale are just two of the schools the brothers have to pick from. Nick got into Duke and Georgetown; he and Aaron both got into Stanford. Meanwhile, Nigel is in at Johns Hopkins and Vanderbilt and Zach got into Cornell. That is just a partial list of the schools that have offered them admission.
Suzanna Davis, principal of Lakota East High, said the fraternal quads have been ideal students and are exactly what educators seek in a pupil.
“They are the epitome of academic focus but well-rounded in every way we would want a child to be well-rounded, but each one of them is so very distinct from one another,” Davis told the Hamilton Journal-News. “Their individual personalities are what truly set them apart as high school students and as great young men,” said Davis.
Their parents, Darrin, who works for General Electric and Kim, a school principal, say they have put aside some funds for their sons’ educations, but Ivy League schools aren’t cheap. Harvard charges $63,000 per year for tuition and room and board and Yale charges $64,000. They say that financial Aid will play an important role in paying for their sons’ educations.
Right now it’s not clear which school the brothers will be going to, or even if they will all choose to attend the same college. “We really don’t know. We still have to make those decisions,” Nick told the Post. “We’re just shocked. We still don’t believe that we got in.”