Richard Jenkins III, who turned 18 in April 2018, is from inter-city Philadelphia where he began his academic career in the Philadelphia public school system. His academic prowess and extraordinarily charming mannerism did not go unnoticed by his peers and educators. He received a full scholarship to Philadelphia's prestigious college preparatory boarding school, Girard College, and took full advantage of the opportunity presented to him. Richard will be graduating in June as valedictorian and will be attending Harvard University in the Fall.
Richard comes from a poor struggling family, but highly disciplined. His father, Richard Sr, has a debilitating illness that prevents him from working, but that didn't stop him from raising his son with the type of values and morals that manifested into this wonderful young man. Richard Sr grew up in a Southwest Philadelphia projects and lost his mother when he was 20 years old. His father was never involved in his life. Most young men in that situation turn to drugs, crime, and gangs to fill the void and escape the existential pain of their existence. Not Richard Sr, he is the only man I know who never once took drugs, smoked, or had a drink. It's that sort of discipline I see in his son, and because of his father's love, young Richard's esteem was never in jeopardy.