An Elmont Memorial HS senior Harold Ekeh became the “whiz kid” who was accepted into EIGHT Ivy League schools.
Some of Ekeh’s acceptances include: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. Out of his eight acceptances, none accept more than 14 percent of applicants.
All together, Ekeh applied to 13 schools and he got accepted to all of them too. The other five schools are: MIT, NYU, John Hopkins University, Stony Brook University and Vanderbilt University.
It’s obvious that the schools must have seen something in his essay…. Ekeh arrived here when he was 8 years old and he has high hopes and goals to become a neurosurgeon.
Ekeh said, “My parents’ hard work an my hard work finally paid off. My parents left comfortable lives in Nigeria for their kids to have opportunities. So I take advantage of every single opportunity that has been afford to me.”
In Ekeh’s free time, he indulges in the passion of science and he does biochemistry experiences and he also wants to find a cure for Alzheimer since his Grandmother’s diagnosis.
He has so much to offer at such a young age, Ekeh plays drums, mentors and also volunteers for a social-justice campaign.
He gives the credit for who he is to his parents who used to work at Targets for challenging him, “no matter how hard times got,” he said.
When he talks about his parents, Ekeh said, “No matter how many times they would get knocked dow, they were always positive.”
He hopes that his story can help other kids and “I don’t see it as an accomplishment for me. I see it as an accomplishment for my community. I hope it inspires the younger generation, not just in Elmont, but overall,” he said.
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