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New York high school valedictorian accepted to all 8 Ivies

Elmont High School valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has

Elmont High School valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has been accepted to all eight Ivy League universities. Uwamanzu-Nna was a national finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search and is shown here at the awards gala held March 15 in Washington, D.C. Photo Credit: Evelyn Hockstein

Long Island's Elmont Memorial High School valedictorian Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has won acceptance to all eight Ivy League universities.

It’s another honor for the graduating senior who in January was the first in her school’s history to be a 2016 Intel Science Talent Search national finalist.

“My parents always taught me the value of hard work and I am very thankful for that,” Uwamanzu-Nna said.

At a time when it has become commonplace for high school seniors to apply to 20 or more colleges, expecting to receive some rejection letters, Uwamanzu-Nna applied to 12 — and was accepted to each one.

She has earned a 101.64 weighted grade-point average at Elmont Memorial, which is in the Sewanhaka Central High School district.

While Uwamanzu-Nna is undecided on which school she’ll attend, she intends to pursue a science-related major and continue doing research, she said earlier this year. She is interested in biochemistry and environmental studies.

She must make a final decision on which college she will attend by May 1.

Schools in the Ivy League are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University.

For her Intel project, Uwamanzu-Nna analyzed oil well cementing practices, particularly those linked to the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010. Previous studies had indicated the disaster was caused by the poor mix design of the cement in the well, so she tested a novel cement design modified with nanoclays, which are clay minerals. She worked with mentors at Columbia.

Uwamanzu-Nna’s all-Ivies acceptance is the second straight year an Elmont Memorial High School student has pulled off the feat.

Last year, Harold Ekeh of Elmont, who was an Intel semifinalist, won acceptance to all the Ivy League schools, plus five others.

In 2014, Kwasi Enin of Shirley, a senior at William Floyd High School, got into all eight Ivies and four other universities.


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