FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — At just 16 years old, the Kashlan triplets not only earned diplomas from West Forsyth High School, they were co-valedictorians.
Each of the three fraternal triplets have internships this summer at different labs working on advanced bio-printing technology, experimenting with ways to diagnose chronic pain at its early stages and working toward cures for types of speech impairment.
Even with that success, last week, Zane was turned down when he tried to buy a ticket to John Wick Chapter 3.
“They asked me for my ID, and I was like what do you mean?” Zane said.
He didn’t realize it was rated R, he said.
From oldest to youngest — by a few seconds — Zane, Rommi and Adam Kashlan have earned what they describe as “boy band-esque adjective signifiers” in the newspapers since becoming valedictorians.
Zane is the serious one and handles most of the talking. Rommi is the creative one, often trying to crack jokes. And Adam is the quiet but witty one with a business-savvy streak in him.
Before they all decided to attend Georgia Tech this fall, Adam wanted to go to the University of Michigan’s business school. He’s interested in the inner workings of businesses and different strategies, his father, Dean, said.
Last December, Adam turned a crypto-currency investment of $5,000 into $60,000 in one night, and then back down to $40,000 before exiting. He worked and studied for two and a half years starting at age 12 to figure out the market for bitcoin and other crypto-currencies, earning his first $10,000 by age 14.
The night that he risked $5,000 and came out with 12 times his investment was a wild one.
“I remember the morning after, he asked me if I wanted a watch,” Rommi said.
Instead, Adam plans to save the money for college. The volatile market made him too stressed, so he had to stop after daily trading and staying up late at night to watch currencies rise and fall.
“It’s not something I recommend,” Adam said.
Adam also gave the graduation speech, representing all three top ranked brothers, but it wasn’t because he wanted it most. Rock-paper-scissors decided who delivered it, Adam said.
“We were fighting for it in the beginning, but when we were walking out of the tunnel and there were like thousands of people, it was all Adam’s,” Rommi said. “No one wanted to touch it.”
They finished after just two years at West Forsyth, each with a GPA of 4.72, which their father said was only a few hundredths of a point higher than the next ranked student.
They all entered high school with several credits already earned at Hopewell Middle School, but they also took a few more credits than a typical load each semester to graduate early, Zane said. They opted for Advanced Placement classes over dual-enrollment courses which would have required them to commute back and forth from Georgia Tech to West Forsyth each day.
They started taking high school courses at age 12, sitting in a room with upperclassmen.
They all agreed, though, that the transition from middle school to high school wasn’t too difficult, because they already knew people from the swim team and water polo team who helped them. They aren’t concerned about the next transition either.
“We’ve always been with kids two or three years ahead, so it’s not really that big of a transition,” Rommi said.
Outside of the classroom, the boys often did volunteer work on Sundays working for the Palestine Children’s Relief Fund, which helps refugees coming to the U.S. They also helped upperclassmen with math tutoring.
Their father credited Principal Karl Mercer, their counselors and all staff at West Forsyth with creating a family environment that helped his sons succeed and allowed them to take their rigorous course load. He and his wife, Judy, had reservations at first about letting them take such advanced courses, but they allowed the boys to make their own decisions in the matter.