A Nigerian-born teenager schooling in New Jersey, Ifeoma White-Thorpe, is drawing positive attention after being accepted into eight Ivy League schools in the United States.
The 17-year-old girl who is a senior at New Jersey’s Morris Hills High School was accepted by Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Cornell, Brown and Dartmouth.
She also got accepted by another elite school, Stanford, and now has to make a decision which to attend.
“We’re leaving it up to her,” said Andre and Patricia White-Thorpe, Ifeoma’s father and mother as the teenager has said she just doesn’t know yet.
According to her, she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.
“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” White-Thorpe told CNN affiliate WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health and she applied to all of the Ivy League schools since they have great research facilities.
Over the past few years, a handful of teenagers have been accepted into all Ivies – Kwasi Enin in 2014, Harold Ekeh in 2015 and Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna and Kelly Hyles last year.
VON recalls that in 2016, a Nigeria-born teenager, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, received acceptance letters from 8 of the 12 Ivy League schools she applied to.
She made a choice to go to Harvard.
Will White-Thorpe eventually go with Harvard like Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna?