Sammy Nickalls
April 06, 2016 9:17 am

It’s nerve-wracking to apply to college — let alone elite Ivy League colleges. So we’re totally blown away by Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, valedictorian of Elmont Memorial High School in New York City, who has been accepted to all eight of the country’s Ivy League schools . . . plus a few other schools.

Augusta received offer letters from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Brown, and four other non-Ivy schools to be in the class of 2020.

“My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teachers,” Augusta said in a press release. “I am elated, but most importantly, I am thankful.”

Augusta says her hard work ethic was instilled in her by her parents, who are immigrants from Nigeria. “I think the main thing that has shaped me into the individual I am now is just tenacity and persistence,” she told WABC. “Though I was born here in America, I visited Nigeria many times. And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have. So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”

A student named Harold Ekeh, who also got accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, attended Elmont as well. This makes us wonder just how many brainiacs there are walking through school’s halls. “Having two students get accepted into all eight Ivy League institutions in back-to-back years is humbling but also speaks to the incredible commitment to children by the families and staff within the EMHS Community,” Kevin Dougherty, Elmont Memorial High School principal, told WREG.

So which college will Augusta choose? The jury’s still out on that one, but Augusta plans on picking one that will allow her to combine her interests in biochemistry and environmental studies. In science, she has achieved even more unbelievable feats: She was a finalist 2016 Intel Science Talent Search for her research on cement that could prevent underwater oil rigs from rupturing, and earlier this week, she received an invitation to the White House Science Fair. You know, NBD.

“[Augusta] knows that you have to work,” Michelle Flannory, Augusta’s research advisor, told WABC. “Is she naturally talented? Yes, but she definitely pursues excellence.”

Augusta herself explained that she’s certainly had difficult classes, but that’s when she’s able to put her Hermione-like work ethic to the test. “I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past,” Augusta told WABC. “But I guess what allowed me to be successful, ultimately, in those classes, at the end, is my persistence and my tenacity.”

You rock, Augusta — and no matter which college you attend, we know you’ll make an amazing impact on the world.

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