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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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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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jamalyn2 May 01 2014 at 10:23 AM


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javafred May 01 2014 at 10:23 AM

Awesome, and congratulations!

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bartonlyle May 01 2014 at 10:26 AM

This is a story for one reason only, and that's the kid's race. Kids of all colors and backgrounds can get accepted at all of the Ivies if they're intellectually gifted. Most, however, apply to only a few and usually get accepted by all. The Ivies also have a history of recruiting gifted kids from the premier high schools ... and those letters of recruitment are actually acceptances ... apply and we'll accept you.

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shaneequahm bartonlyle May 01 2014 at 11:09 AM

bartonlyle yes I agree with your statement, "kids of all colors and backgrounds can get accepted at all of the ivies if they're intellectually gifted". But that's not the story hear, the story hear is this YOUNG MAN (not black or white) has been excepted to all eight ivy league schools. Apply and we'll accept you......HAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!! did you apply and if you did lets see your acceptance letters to all eight. I'll wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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liddle3220 May 01 2014 at 10:28 AM

Good for him, I wish this young man nothing but the best along with a successful career as a doctor, and a long and happy life. Go get it kid.

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magus47 May 01 2014 at 10:28 AM

WHAT?! He gets all this attention from colleges and HE CAN'T THROW A FOOTBALL!! i THOUGHT DEALS LIKE THIS WERE ONLY FOR NO NECK GEEKS THAT CAN'T EVEN SPELL COLLAGE. I mean getting into college because you are SMART? This could cause a trend, I mean this could lead to colleges making the football coach the lowest paid teacher on campus (as it should be) and tearing down those expensive stadiums and MAYBE just MAYBE they will LOWER their tuition.

Naw, THAT will never happen.

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oken1 magus47 May 01 2014 at 11:03 AM

Little known fact. Ivy League schools offer no athletic scholarships. They have already made a commitment to making their name in the world due to the educations they provide rather than the athletes they recruit.

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stolat12 May 01 2014 at 10:28 AM

Good job teachers at William Floyd High School!!

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poll100 stolat12 May 01 2014 at 10:31 AM

Good parenting skills from his parents.

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barbara May 01 2014 at 10:29 AM

The number of hateful, racist people posting here is truly shameful. It's no one's business why he applied where he did or how much his parents paid in application fees, etc. The fact that people are so jealous of other people's accomplishments, instead of praising them and being happy for them, is truly sad.

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WOODY @ BRENDA May 01 2014 at 10:30 AM

Very good young brother. We are very very proud of you and we wish you nothing but the best. Remember to please give back to help the next person because you are putting yourself in the position to do just that. WELL DONE YOUNG SQUIRE

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motorhomerv May 01 2014 at 10:19 AM

Uhhh, I don't like when black kids break the stereotype that I constantly use to validate my opinions about blacks. I'd feel much better if this kid was going to Rikers and not becoming a productive citizen. I truly believe people seek out news just so they can complain about something. And to answer someones question about, "what if this was a white student?" No they wouldn't be writing an article on them, because white people are more worried about black people than white people. Aren't you guys always talking about separate but equal? You closet liberal types are just as concerned with the welfare of black people that you don't realize your lack of interest in your own kind is the reason why no one wants to write an article on a white student going to Yale. " Well, the reason no one writes an article on a white student attending an Ivy League school is because it happen all the time!" Well, then you've answered your own question :)

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Michael motorhomerv May 01 2014 at 10:26 AM

I almost think this guy is serious.

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