17-year old Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, the Valedictorian for Elmont Memorial high school has been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools and four more! She sent applications to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University, as well as Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and gained admission into all.
Last year, another Nigerian, Harold Ekeh also from Elmont Memorial High school accomplished the same feat. Ekeh was born in Nigeria and relocated to the US at the age of 8.
Uwamanzu-Nna, born to Nigerian immigrants has until May 1st to decide which of the schools she’ll like to attend.
“I am humbled by all of the college acceptance letters that I recently received…. I am reminded that I have a responsibility to be a role model for others and use my experiences to encourage and inspire others, especially young women.” she said in a press release
She owed her success to her parents and teachers in Elmont Memorial, sayin she is “elated” and “thankful”.
“My parents have always taught me the value of hard work, and I am very thankful for that. My teachers at Elmont Memorial have also played a major role in my development. Elmont Memorial is a very special place, where teachers start their days at 7 a.m. and leave very late in the evening. It is a school where teachers love children and are dedicated to academic achievement. 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.”
Uwamanzu-Nna also told WABC that her success did not come easy, saying “I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past, but I guess what allowed me to be successful … is my persistence and my tenacity.”
Uwamanzu-Nna who was a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for her research on cement also received an invitation to the White House Science Fair on Monday.
Watch her interview with WABC here: