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Son of Ghana Immigrants Accepted to All Ivy League Schools

FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
FILE - Students walk through the Harvard Law School area on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
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A U.S. high school student who is the son of immigrants from Ghana has accomplished the rare feat of being accepted to all eight of the prestigious "Ivy League" universities.

Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin of Long Island, in southern New York State, found out recently that all of the universities, among the most selective in the United States, had accepted his admissions applications.

In an interview with the New York Daily News, he said he decided to apply to all eight schools because he figured "it would better the chances of getting into one."

The Ivy League schools — Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, Pennsylvania and Columbia — list acceptance rates as low as 5.9 percent.

Enin, an aspiring physician, has not decided which school he will attend.

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by: Dawuda sulley from: Long island
April 05, 2014 8:32 PM
This boy is really smart. Ghana still has a lot of them and America should take advantage by going in for them in Ghana.

by: Yaw Owusu-Frempong from: Zenith College, Ghana
April 04, 2014 4:26 AM
Ghana, the builder of the ancient empire of Ghana has produced contemporary intellectual giants such as Kwame Nkrumah, Dr. Aggrey, Kofi Annan and many others. In fact, the pyramids of Egypt were built with ancient Ghanaian architectual knowledge and skill. Did you know this? There are many unsong Ghanaian heroes like Kwesi in the U.S. who are excelling in various diverse ways. We excel wherever you put us. We are the Black Stars of Africa and will ever remain so. Kwesi Enin is another Black Star. Kwesi, we love you. When you finish your education, come home and settle and help Mother Ghana. We need you here!

by: Stefan from: Florida
April 01, 2014 10:44 PM
Tons of Asian kids score far higher on the SAT & have far more impressive CV's. Not to dismiss this kids achievements but perhaps ethnicity played a role? When hard working Asian kids face reverse discrimination, how do we explain to them that the American dream is alive and well?

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by: Art from: California
April 02, 2014 6:16 PM
Wait a minute - what is your source? Nothing this article gives his SAT score, which in any event is not the only criteria for admission. The story is abiout the remakable feat of being accepted by all eight schools. This kid obviously has somehing that the schools see as being of value - why not respect their judgement?.

by: Buzz Arnold from: Friday Harbor, WA
April 01, 2014 12:54 PM
Another immigrant from an impoverished country that realizes how important an education is and how lucky he is to be in a country like ours. We, likewise, realize how lucky WE are to have him and people like him, in our country. (at least most of us do) Immigrants are our heritage. Bravo young man ! !

by: Crabbyolddad from: Long Island
April 01, 2014 12:46 PM
What many don't realize is that this kid is from a school district that rarely produces this sort of scholar. I believe this deserves kudos for both the boy and the schools.

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