Published on Apr 8, 2016
Teen gets accepted by all eight Ivy League schools
There must be something in the water at Elmont Memorial High School.
For the second year in a row, an Elmont Memorial High School student has been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. Last year, the Long Island high school’s salutatorian Harold Ekeh chose to attend Yale University after having his pick of all eight Ivy League schools. This year, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Elmont’s valedictorian, will face the same decision.
“Having two students get accepted into all eight Ivy League institutions in back-to-back years is humbling but also speaks to the incredible commitment to children by the families and staff within the EMHS Community,” said Kevin Dougherty, Elmont Memorial High School principal.
Teen accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools chooses Yale
Uwamanzu-Nna was also accepted to the four additional schools to which she applied. The experience has been surreal, Uwamanzu-Nna said in a press release.
“My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teachers. I am elated, but most importantly, I am thankful,” she said.
Ekeh and Uwamanzu-Nna are both Nigerian. Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States when he was 8. Uwamanzu-Nna is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants.
“Though I was born here in America, I visited Nigeria many times,” Uwamanzu-Nna told CNN affiliate WABC. “And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”
Uwamanzu-Nna plans to pursue a science-related major. She was a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for her research on cement that could help prevent underwater oil rigs from rupturing. On Monday, she received an invitation to the White House Science Fair.
She is hoping to attend a school where she is able to combine her varied scientific interests, which include biochemistry and environmental studies, she said in the press release.
There are no secrets to academic success, she said. Her 101.64 weighted GPA was earned through hard work.
“I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past,” Uwamanzu-Nna told WABC. “But I guess what allowed me to be successful … is my persistence and my tenacity.”
Uwamanzu-Nna hasn’t made a final decision on what school she will attend, but with acceptance to 12 schools, she has a tough decision to make.
The Ivy League is a collegiate athletic conference comprising sports teams from eight private institutions of higher education in the Northeastern United States. The conference name is also commonly used to refer to those eight schools as a group. The eight institutions are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, and Yale University. The term Ivy League has connotations of academic excellence, selectivity in admissions, and social elitism.
Comments • 714
Ndi EKWERE1 year ago
My Nigerian people, well done girl.
Lila H1 month ago
this inspired me to do my homework
Knowledge Is Power
Knowledge Is Power1 year ago
She’s African and not Black american. What a Shocker.
Karla Munoz1 year ago
She ended up choosing Harvard
C-Lux1 year ago
Nigerian pride represeeent
Giselle H1 year ago
She’s so gorgeous and what a regal name.
Lakesha Harris1 year ago
Awesome!!!! May God continue to bless and guide you!!
Billy Manchisi1 year ago
IQ has nothing to do with college acceptance.
Corra Morris1 year ago
I am very disappointed in these comments. Say congrats and move on.
Chance X1 year ago
I’m happy for her
Cody Li1 year ago
A very talented and sophisticated young lady of her age. She deserved it
Games1 year ago
“MIT is your safety school”. Hahah
honeydew1 year ago
“augusta” i feel like this name is destined for success haha
Curly Fryz1 year ago
People like her inspire me and should inspire others to do better and chase their dreams. Bless her 😊
Henry R1 year ago (edited)
She got into all of the Ivy League schools? Are you kidding me? “Like literally”. She also made up the word, “accounsibile”? Even if she meant to say accountable, that’s still not the correct usage of the word. Not very impressed by her intelligence…
Ariana Khan1 year ago
it isn’t because of her race. socioeconomic status probably played a role, but you can’t diminish every single thing this lady has worked for just because YOU can’t see past skin color or gender.
Devontay Kang1 year ago
People always want to dismiss someone’s achievements. How often do you hear about someone even getting into one ivy league university, let alone all 8. Instead of trying to find faults in it or to dismiss her achievements, how about you just congratulate her or if you can’t do that, keep moving with your mouth shut. People will see you walk on water and say it is because you can’t swim.
Jas Dhillon1 year ago
Johnny B1 year ago
These are the kind of role models that need to be put before the African American community on a constant basis. Good for her. You will notice that she has both parents. One of the major factors in the failure of kids, socially, economically, and academically, is growing up in a single parent home.
OG11 months ago
Nigerians always winning.