Black-Owned Prep School Achieves 100% Graduation Rate, Continues Remarkable Legacy

The Wilson Academy, a Black-owned College Prep School in the Atlanta region noted for its innovative academic approach and consistently high-achieving pupils, is creating history once more. The school will hold its first Legacy Leaders Gala on March 23, 2024, at 7:30 p.m., to honor community leaders and collect funding for students like Sodiq Adeniyi, Isaac Machot Majok Gol, and James Turic Chol Gol, three young men whose lives have been transformed by education and basketball.

Here are several of the students’ personal stories:

Sodiq Adeniyi, born in Lagos, Nigeria, surmounted numerous personal hurdles, including the heartbreaking death of his mother. Sodiq received an academic scholarship to The Wilson Academy, where he also excelled on the basketball court. His experience demonstrates how education and mentorship can change young people’s lives.

Isaac Machot Majok Gol, a 17-year-old from Rumbek, South Sudan, discovered his enthusiasm for basketball at a young age. Isaac traveled to the United States with his uncle’s backing to escape poverty and violence and pursue his aspirations of a better life. He is currently a student at The Wilson Academy, where he is honing his skills in the classroom and on the court.

James Turic Chol Gol, 13 years old and also from South Sudan, considers himself fortunate to have survived the ravages of civil war. James has made great academic and athletic progress since enrolling at The Wilson Academy, thanks to the assistance of his professors and coaches.

“The Legacy Gala is a unique opportunity for us to gather and celebrate community leaders, honor the accomplishments of our students and their families, and invest in establishing a legacy of excellence,” said Byron F. Wilson, Headmaster and Founder of The Wilson Academy. “Every year, our graduates earn millions of dollars in college scholarships, as we have fostered a proven path to academic success. But our students still need support.”

The gala will honor exceptional leaders and entrepreneurs who have demonstrated a commitment to community and creating lasting legacies, including:

Shareef Abdul-Malik: Founder of; he has pioneered a global movement that has become the largest outlet promoting Black-owned businesses.

Jhavaun and Maudelyne Green: Owners of Green Love Kitchen; they have designed innovative, vegan and healthy culinary experiences for underserved communities and beyond.

Mario Johnson: A creative restauranteur and real estate investor from Metro Atlanta, GA, whose entrepreneurial drive has provided opportunities for aspiring young entrepreneurs.

The Legacy Leaders Gala provides an opportunity for everyone to contribute to the creation of an exceptional legacy. Supporters may help young brains like Sodiq, Isaac, and James attain their full potential by making generous donations and actively participating in scholarship, resource, and opportunity programs.

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