An American born Nigerian teenager is making both the black race and Nigerians, more so her parents, proud as she sets another record of being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools in the United States.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a student of Elmont Memorial High School and the school’s valedictorian this year, was also accepted to the four additional schools to which she applied, which are Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, raising the offers to 12 schools in total.
For the genius Uwamanzu-Nna, the experience has been surreal, she admits she has struggled with numerous classes in the past but attributes the success to her persistence and tenacity, as there are no secrets to academic success. Her 101.64 weighted GPA was earned through hard work.
An elated and thankful Augusta says her recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, her supportive parents and her dedicated teachers.
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.
Augusta says in a press release that she is hoping to attend a school where she is able to combine her varied scientific interests, which include biochemistry and environmental studies. She has until May 1 to make the tough decision on which of the prestigious U.S. universities to attend.
Though born in America, Augusta says she will definitely make sure that whatever she does has an impact on Nigeria, adding that she has visited Nigeria many times, and have seen that her cousins don’t have the same opportunities as she does.
This makes it the second year in a row that an Elmont Memorial High School student has achieved such a feat. Just last year, the Long Island high school’s salutatorian, Harold Ekeh, also a Nigerian chose to attend Yale University after having his pick of all eight Ivy League schools. Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States when he was 8.
Elmont Memorial High School principal, Kevin Dougherty, says 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.
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