Unfortunately, most news out of Ferguson, Missouri, in recent years hasn’t been of the positive variety.  This year, though, 17-year-old Barrington Lincoln had a happy Christmas surprise for his family and has shared it with the world.

Lincoln, a senior at Lutheran North, was accepted into his dream school: Morehouse College. To share his happy news with his mother and aunt — both of whom he credits with his success — Lincoln had special t-shirts made up. He filmed the announcement and shared it on Twitter:

Lincoln explained:

“They’re the two most important ladies in my life, and they’ve just done so much for me in my lifetime,” Barrington said in an interview. “I just wanted to, not really reward them, but show them that everything they’ve done has paid off.”

Getting into Morehouse was no easy feat. Lincoln, who is his class president, spent long hours studying for the ACT.  He’s been an active participant in leadership activities and community service. He aspired to Morehouse because, as he put it:
“I view Morehouse as a paradise for a young black man seeking success,” he said. “They produce individuals equipped to change the world.”
I’d say he’s already well on his way.