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Good News: Groves High senior accepted to over 20 colleges

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) -

The future is incredibly bright for 17-year-old Malachi Best, a senior at Groves High School.

Within the next month or so, Best will be forced to make a very difficult decision about his future.

"I've been applying to a lot of schools and scholarships, trying to get a full ride undergrad and grad school," said Best.

As of the beginning of March, 20 schools had accepted Best, and he had been offered $700,000 in scholarship money. 

In addition to his 3.7 GPA, the three-sport athlete also has found the time to be a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club, and even 'Mr. Senior.'

He says his success can be attributed to his ability to work hard and focus, but mostly to his dedicated and caring mother.

"For a long time it was just me and my mom, and she always pushed me to do my best and be number one, whether it's academics or sports or anything," said Malachi Best.

His mother, Shabarbara Best-Everette, was a single mother for much of Malachi's life. She's a three-time cancer survivor, and the first person in her family to go to college. She got her diploma when she was 7 months pregnant with Malachi. Throughout it all, she has been there for him through thick and thin.

Her parenting method is simple.

"If you say you're going to do something, do it. When they're good reward them. If they do something bad punish them. If you're proud of what they're doing, they'll keep making you proud, and that's what Malachi has done," said Shabarabara Best-Everette.

She also attributes his success to a strong support system at Groves High School. From the teachers to principals, and his counselor Ms. Polite, she says they have all truly helped raise her son.

Malachi is her only child, and she admits, she already has mixed feelings about him leaving for college.

"I am trying not to be sad. I want ant to be happy because he's achieved so much, but he's leaving me and it's been me and him for so long. My ultimate goal is to be a state attorney. My short-term goal is to graduate undergrad with at least a 4.0."

She has no doubt he will accomplish just that.

"I've always told Malachi to live up to your name, do your best always, never do anything less than your best, if you do your best that's all I can ask for."

Malachi hopes to go to Morehouse and he's already accepted, now just waiting for final scholarship offers.

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