Ebony and Ernest Washington will be seniors at Lift for Life Academy (LFLA) for the 2016-17 school year. The twins have been attending LFLA since 6th grade, and while they might not always see eye-to-eye on everything, they agree that there’s more pros than cons to going to school with your twin. They say they’ll help each other with homework and other projects, and it pushes them to do better than they might have initially expected.
“We get competitive when it comes to grades and sports,” said Ernest. “We’ll always be like, ‘My grades are better than yours,’ or ‘I’m faster than you.’ Sometimes I don’t think I can be doing things better and then [Ebony] will go ahead and set the bar even higher for me.”
Ernest plays football, basketball and track & field, while Ebony is going to be ending her high school basketball career a year early to solely focus on indoor and outdoor track & field during her senior year. Both twins enjoy being part of LFLA athletics teams, but they know they have to work just as hard in the classroom as they do out on the field.
“We’re stronger, faster, better and smarter than we have ever been,” said Ernest. “We always keep the grades above a 3.0 so that we have the opportunity to grow physically while we’re growing mentally.”
While not at school or practice, Ebony and Ernest work at the St. Louis Zoo, where they say they learn about accountability, customer service and budgeting. Although working on top of a busy school and athletics schedule can be difficult at times, the twins wouldn’t want it any other way.
“I’ve come to realize that I have to work hard for whatever I want, because I’m not just going to have things handed to me,” said Ernest. “I’ve lost a lot of people and things in my life, but I don’t let that get me down. Ebony and I, we’re not looking for an excuse to give up. We’re looking for reasons to keep going, and we find a lot of those at school and from being a part of a team.”
Both Ebony and Ernest just took the ACT and are planning their future college careers, expecting scholarships for football and track & field, respectively.