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NY high schooler accepted by all eight Ivy colleges chooses Yale

Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools


By Curtis Skinner

(Reuters) - A Long Island high school student who pulled off the enviable feat of being accepted by all eight Ivy League colleges will be taking his academic talents to Yale University, he announced on Wednesday.

Kwasi Enin, 17, told a news conference at William Floyd High School in Mastic, New York, that visiting Yale's New Haven, Connecticut campus and an undisclosed financial aid package helped him choose it over its seven rivals: Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, and the University of Pennsylvania. The eight Northeastern schools are considered among the most desirable in the United States.

"I met geniuses from all across the world, and everyone from there was so friendly and inviting," the high school senior said. "I believe that their deep appreciation and love for music, like I have, was very critical in my decision to go there."

Yale was long considered his favorite. Last week, Enin tweeted, "Yo! Yale! Yeaaaaaaah! #Yale2018 #tooepic."

Enin, from the Long Island town of Shirley, is the son of two nurses. He said that after graduating from Yale he wants to, "enter medical school, graduate and become a successful doctor."

He said he called the news conference at his school's gymnasium to prevent the kind of media frenzy that was touched off earlier this month by his acceptance into all of the most prestigious schools in the United States. The teen underwent a barrage of interviews and an appearance on CBS television's "Late Night with David Letterman." Enin said he needed to keep his schedule clear so he could focus on upcoming advanced placement tests.

Enin is in rarefied company, given this year's Ivy League average admission rate of 8.925 percent, according to the Washington Post. Of 253,472 applicants to the Class of 2018 for all eight Ivy League schools, only 22,624 were accepted.

"I'm mostly excited to meet all the new friends I'll find in college, the new experiences I'll have, and the new beginnings," Enin said.

(Reporting by Curtis Skinner; Editing by Barbara Goldberg and Jonathan Oatis)

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P51DEE May 01 2014 at 1:36 PM

Gee, too bad there is affirmative action, for it will guarantee he never gets full credit for whatever his accomplishements may be. Sad. By the way, it is noteworthy that absolutely no mention is made about what his actual accomplishments were that made him so desirable, other than...well you know.. Again...sad....

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lascoff May 01 2014 at 10:06 AM

@Radarmannoshoes, you are wrong! This talented young man is an athlete, he sings, he plays the viola in his school orchestra....but his essay about the role of music in his life and education, his straight A grades and his SAT score of 2250 out of 2400 was the reason all 8 Ivy league schools wanted him.

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radarmannoshoes lascoff May 01 2014 at 10:16 AM

I'm not wrong about race based quotas tarnishing the accomplishments of minorities. Let them compete on level ground.

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ronaldcampbellj radarmannoshoes May 01 2014 at 10:20 AM

As if you care about "tarnishing the accomplishments of minorities." You're probably worried that some white kid didn't get in.

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shario1 radarmannoshoes May 01 2014 at 10:26 AM

Ain't no level ground.

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sean.gray34 May 01 2014 at 1:53 PM

Hope he finds a cure for Congress.

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kidmac32 sean.gray34 May 01 2014 at 2:29 PM

well, doctors do administer enemas.

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jules May 01 2014 at 10:02 AM

The article is typically poorly written because it leaves out critical information about what makes this student so unique.

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Davie2743 May 01 2014 at 9:59 AM

I heard it won't cost him a cent to attend Yale, if you are of color and have pretty good credentials the best schools are falling over backwards for you.

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shaju May 01 2014 at 9:59 AM

congratulations for making your dream come true. There must be something very special about you that is driving others to capture your attention. I am sure you have something special to give to the world. Wishing you all the best in your long journey. Three cheers.
shaju

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Perry May 01 2014 at 2:04 PM

Congratulations to a fine man and may he find true success and happiness. Am
positive that his parents are not only proud but deserve some of his credit for success.

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smarsala Perry May 01 2014 at 2:28 PM

I Agree!

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Anthony smarsala May 01 2014 at 2:32 PM

No, you dont. I read your post moron.

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lichwala May 01 2014 at 9:56 AM

I HAVE A QUESTION? WOULD THE IVY LEAGUE SCHOOLS EVEN BE INTERESTED IN HIM IF HE WAS WHITE AND NOT AFRICAN AMERICAN? THE PENDULLUM HAS SWUNG SO FAR IN ONE DIRECTION IT NEEDS TO START LEVELING OUT.

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jogoeswfo May 01 2014 at 9:53 AM

No too sure if this young man did this all on his own either and truely believe there are two or three different set of standards. I just hope he continues on and really makes something of himself and doesn't end up being a typical loon while attending "advanced education"

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Mary Duffy May 01 2014 at 2:18 PM

Kwasi- In 1962, when I graduated HS, women could not go to the Ivies- but we had the 7 Sisters. having a choice of 3 of them made me feel special- like I had come out on top at the 1st cut of life and I went to Mt. Holyoke. My dad and Husband went to Columbia, so it is not without reference that I tell you that you are the cream of the crop, and if you bring your discipline with you and stay focused, you will be a blessing to your country and a source of wonder and pride to your family and to NY State. No school can guarantee happiness and success, but your record puts you in the finals of the race, and you will be a Yalie forever, and, hopefully, when you are VERY old, this accomplishment will be part of an impressive CV. Good Luck

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