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Meet Malachi Jones: Heading To Columbia Univ. After Winning Gold Medal Portfolio – Highest Honor

By Victor Trammell

Photo credits: Charleston County School of the Arts Middle & High School

A black male high school senior who attends classes in Charleston, South Carolina has punched his ticket to an elite northeastern university on the strength of a fantastic academic achievement.

According to Black Enterprise Magazine, Malachi Jones (pictured) is the winner of the Gold Medal Portfolio, which is the highest honor of the 2018 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards given by the nonprofit Alliance for Young Artists & Writers. Jones, 17 will be graduating from the Charleston County School of the Arts this spring.

In the fall of 2018, Jones will be attending the prestigious Columbia University to begin his promising collegiate career. He has been a practicing and aspiring writer both academically and creatively since he was in the seventh grade. That is also around the time he began submitting his work to Scholastic.

When Jones received the phone call this year telling him that he had won the 2018 award honors from Scholastic, he was absolutely ecstatic.

“I felt like a siren was going off inside my head, but I was speechless. I  had been submitting work to Scholastic since 7th grade, so it is insane to me to think an audience outside my family and peers wants to read and appreciate my work,” Jones said in an interview with the Charleston Chronicle newspaper.

In the past, world-famous authors, such as Truman Capote, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, and Stephen King have also won the same award that Jones was given. This is definitely a success story for a bright young black male who has refused to allow himself to be influenced into becoming the typical, arch-stereotype that most black males grow to be.

Congratulations to Mr. Malachi Jones and may the future bring him the best!

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