Five years ago, [he]was hunting zebras with spears and trying to avoid antagonizing cheetahs. One foggy day last week, in a ceremony on a Harbor island he has come to know well, [he] graduated from Roxbury’s Orchard Gardens school. He was surrounded by fellow eighth-graders who have come a long way, putting worlds between themselves and the lives they had just a few years ago.
Yep, being a spear-chucking, zebra-hunting African gave him a leg up in Massachusetts and now he is at the top of his age group in the javelin.
 P.S. In all fairness to the reporter, maybe she never has spent much time around 15-year-old boys. Maybe this young man shouldn't have taken advantage of a journalist's stereotypical view of rural Africa. But then that is like saying he shouldn't be a bright 15-year-old boy with a sense of humor.