ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) — For the second time in as many years, a student at suburban New York’s Elmont Memorial High School has been accepted at all eight Ivy League universities.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has until May 1 to decide whether she’ll attend one of the prestigious northeastern universities. She also can choose from Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
“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,” said the 17-year-old valedictorian with a 101.64 weighted grade-point average.
Last year, Elmont’s Harold Ekeh chose Yale from among the 13 universities where he was accepted.
“We have been flying under the radar for years but there are some really great things happening here,” Caron Cox, chairwoman of pupil personnel services at Elmont Memorial High School, told Newsday.
Although still a rarity, acceptance at every Ivy League school appears to be a growing phenomenon. Because the universities all operate independently on their admissions, there are no reliable statistics on how many students are accepted at all eight.
Fernando Rojas of Fullerton, California; Victor Agbafe, a student at Cape Fear Academy in Wilmington, North Carolina; and Ronald Nelson of Germantown, Tennessee, were among those accepted at all eight Ivy League schools in 2015. Rojas chose Yale, Agbafe picked Harvard and Nelson opted against an Ivy school: the University of Alabama.
In 2014, a student at Long Island’s William Floyd High School accomplished the same feat and went to Yale.