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MHS triplets (left to right) Amber, Ciara, Jade and their mother, Ruth Collins, smile together in a family photo. Photo submitted
Ashleigh Fryer, Senior Editor
2:05 pm PDT June 9, 2014

Ciara, Amber and Jade Collins sat silent in the car. Palpable anxiety filled the air between the triplets — a staunch contrast from the chorus of laughs, shouts and bubbly conversations that usually characterized their car rides together. 

Halfway through their senior year at Malibu High School, the girls were on their way to take the ACT for the first time; a test that would make or break their college applications.