Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, this spring’s valedictorian at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island in New York, applied to and was accepted at all eight Ivy League colleges. She also was accepted at the other four universities to which she applied: Johns Hopkins University, New York University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Uwamanzu-Nna, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, had a weighted high school grade point average of 101.64. “My parents have always taught me the value of hard work, and I am very thankful for that,” Uwamanzu-Nna said. “I am humbled by all of the college acceptance letters that I recently received,” she added. “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.”
Uwamanzu-Nna is not sure which college she will choose but plans to major in biochemistry and environmental studies.
This is the second year in a row that a Black student at Elmont Memorial High School was accepted at all eight Ivy League institutions. Last year Harold Ekeh was admitted to all eight Ivy League colleges and ended up enrolling at Yale. Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States at the age of 8.