High School Senior Gets Accepted Into Every Ivy League University
Imagine getting accepted into all eight Ivy League Universities, plus five others including MIT and Johns Hopkins University. Well, according to CNNMoney, high school senior Harold Ekeh did just that.
Ekeh, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School on Long Island in the New York City suburbs of Elmont, accomplished such a feat but not before putting in a ton of hard work and dedication. He founded a college-mentoring program at his school that focuses on helping students get accepted into top universities, he directs a youth choir at his church, plays the drums, and is an active member of Key Club and Model UN. Oh, and he speaks Igbo and Spanish too. The question now becomes what can’t he do?
He maintains an impressive perfect GPA, was elected to Homecoming Court, and became only the second student in recent years to win an Intel Science Award for his research on how the acid DHA can slow Alzheimer's. He wants to major in neurobiology or chemistry with hopes of becoming a doctor and ultimately, a neurosurgeon. For Ekeh, the research and desires to help people are personal. His grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's when he was only 11 years old. He says that one of his proudest moments was running home to tell his mother and aunts about the breakthroughs he was finding with DHA.
Ekeh was born in Nigeria and came to the United States when he was eight years old. He wrote his college essay about the struggle to adjust, including being clueless in U.S. history classes. He would ask his parents repeatedly why they moved, because "we had a fairly comfortable life in Nigeria, but they told me we moved to America for the opportunities like the educational opportunities," he said.
Ekeh will spend the coming weeks visiting all the schools before making his final decision, but word has it he’s leaning towards Yale, according to CNNMoney.