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Meet the 17 Year Old Who Got Accepted in 8 Ivy League Schools

By Victor Trammell

Many well-meaning black minors in this country only dream about getting the opportunity of getting into one of America’s best so-called Ivy League colleges and universities.

However, very few of them actually get the opportunity to be accepted to enroll into schools like Harvard or Yale, which are predominately attended by white youngsters with wealthy parents who can afford to send their children to these elite schools. A 17-year-old black female high school student in New York has beaten those odds.

Meet Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna (pictured). Young Ms. Uwamanzu-Nna is currently a senior at New York’s Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island. According to a bevy of local, national, and international news outlets, this daughter of two Nigerian immigrants has been accepted into all eight of America’s Ivy League schools, as well as the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

This is only the second time in a number of years that a student at Elmont High has been accepted into all eight of America’s Ivy League schools. Uwamanzu-Nna expressed her absolute astonishment of this remarkable feat with Long Island’s News 12, a cable news channel owned by Newsday Media Holdings.

“My family is so excited,” Uwamanzu-Nna said in her exclusive interview with News 12. “Sometimes I feel like they get so much more excited than me. They literally scream. When I called my mom and told her, she was screaming on the phone,” she continued.

Uwamanzu-Nna has shown great academic resolve to pursue her dreams. She is also this year’s valedictorian for the current academic year at Elmont Memorial High School. She gives all the credit to her teachers and strong parents who instilled in her the strong value of education at a very young age.

“I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past,” Uwamanzu-Nna told another news media outlet. “But I guess what allowed me to be successful, ultimately, in those classes, at the end, is my persistence and my tenacity,” she continued.

Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna  has until May 1st to accept her final offer. May this young lady continue to inspire others as she achieves all of her academic and professional goals.

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