#BlackGirlMagic: 14-Year Old Sydney Wilson Is The Youngest Student Ever Admitted To Spelman College


This is an old story but I definitely want to share it as we inch closer and closer to the start of a new semester! WSB-TV reported back in May that Sydney Wilson will be transitioning from The Wilson Academy in Stonecrest, Georgia to one of the most prestigious institutions in America. The future Spelmanite was a prodigy at Wilson Academy, founded by her father Byron Wilson. She played elite soccer, ran track and was the captain of her school’s robotics team. However, she stayed focus on her education.

Wilson maintained straight-A’s and took advanced high school courses that allowed her to jumpstart her matriculation. Her stellar grades drew the attention of colleges instantly. But, her heart was set on Spelman. She hopped at the opportunity to attend after she was sent an acceptance letter a few weeks before she turned 14.


Wilson spoke on her excitement to go to Spelman, saying, “I’m excited to be a part of the sisterhood and excited to challenge myself. I want to learn more about biology and indulge in Black culture. I want to see different Black people from different areas. And I just want to know more about Black America.”

Spelman, in turn, is just as excited to have her as a student. Ingrid Hayes, the vice president of enrollment management, said in a statement, “This is the first time in recent memory that we have had an admitted student this young. Sydney has shared with us that she intends to enroll. We are excited to welcome her to campus in the fall, along with the rest of the incoming class.”



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