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High school student has been accepted to every college he applied to... including ALL 8 IVY League schools: Teen who arrived in US aged eight credits Target worker parents with his achievement

I'm going to Yale! Teen accepted into all eight Ivy League schools holds press conference to announce his decision {VIDEO+PICS}

  • Harold Ekeh, 18, was editor of his student paper and CEO of the Model UN 
  • Celebrated being accepted to 13 colleges with a Chipotle burrito bowl 
  • Moved from Nigeria to Long Island at the age of eight, got 2270 in his SATs
  • Credits his success to his parents' resilience and positivity
  • He is leaning toward Yale, has until May 1 to decide
  • Plans to be a neurosurgeon to find Alzheimer's cure for his grandmother

Harold Ekeh has a very tough decision to make.

The 18-year-old Long Islander has waited anxiously for weeks since sending off his college applications.

But he didn't expect this.

Harold has been accepted by every single one - including all eight Ivy League schools. 

It comes a year after another high schooler from Long Island, Kwasi Enin, was met with the same news. He chose Yale.

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Whiz kid: Meet Harold Ekeh, the Long Island senior who has been accepted to every Ivy League college

Whiz kid: Meet Harold Ekeh, the Long Island senior who has been accepted to every Ivy League college

Incredible achievement: Harold, 18, insists he had no idea he would be accepted by all 13 colleges

Incredible achievement: Harold, 18, insists he had no idea he would be accepted by all 13 colleges

Star: The high school senior moved from Nigeria to Long Island 10 years ago with his parents Roseline (pictured) and Paul Ekeh. He says his parents' struggle inspired him to take every opportunity he was afforded

Star: The high school senior moved from Nigeria to Long Island 10 years ago with his parents Roseline (pictured) and Paul Ekeh. He says his parents' struggle inspired him to take every opportunity he was afforded

'It was crazy. My mom was sat next to me and it was just letter after letter after letter. I couldn't believe it,' Harold told DailyMail.com as he recounted the five minutes when acceptance emails came in from Yale, Harvard, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Pennsylvania, Princeton, Johns Hopkins, NYU, MIT, Vanderbilt, and SUNY Stony Brook. 

His celebration? 

'I went to Chipotle with my friends for a half steak half chicken burrito bowl. It was perfect.' 

Born in Nigeria, Harold and his parents moved to the US when he was eight.

He is now a straight A student, with an SAT score of 2270, at Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, New York, where he has served as editor-in-chief of his student newspaper and chief executive of the Model United Nations. 

His success, he explains, is down to the submission essay, in which he described his family's struggle to fit in after emigrating to America.

It was the resilience of his parents, former Target clerks Paul and Roseline Ekeh, that gave him the drive to achieve the best.

His story: Harold says his winning essay described the struggle of fitting in after emigrating to America

His story: Harold says his winning essay described the struggle of fitting in after emigrating to America

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Harold admitted he has set a high bar for his four younger brothers (pictured)

Speaking to DailyMail.com, Harold admitted he has set a high bar for his four younger brothers (pictured)

'Sky isn't the limit': Harold, pictured aged 13, three years after arriving in the U.S., told his brothers (pictured) that they will surpass his accomplishments. 'People say the sky is the limit - it won't be for them,' he said

'Sky isn't the limit': Harold, pictured aged 13, three years after arriving in the U.S., told his brothers (pictured) that they will surpass his accomplishments. 'People say the sky is the limit - it won't be for them,' he said

He told DailyMail.com: 'It was such a huge thing for my parents to uproot our family, a family of six, from our home to a new country. 

'I was worried as a kid about speaking with an American accent, but they had to worried about actually finding jobs. 

'They joked that they came over for the 24-hour electricity. But I know it was so we would have opportunities as children. 

'No matter how many times they got knocked down, they stayed positive, and kept telling me that the secret to success in unbridled resolve.' 

His achievement has been hailed as the American Dream, but Harold downplays it. 

My parents joked that they came over here for the 24-hour electricity. But really it was so I had opportunities
Harold Ekeh 

'I just worked hard and took every opportunity that was afforded to me. 

'I came over with a very heavy Nigerian accent, but I did everything I could to integrate. Learning American history was really hard but I was determined to tackle it so I signed up for AP History as a junior.'

With four younger brothers, he has set the bar high. He doesn't think that'll be a problem, however.

'They are going to beat my accomplishments. They were very excited by the news, they look up to me and follow my lead. 

'When I got the news, I told them they can achieve anything. I said people say the sky is the limit but they can go even further than that. I know they will.'

Ultimately, he plans to be a neurosurgeon to study Alzheimer's, a disease his grandmother suffers from. But insists he won't just be studying. 

'I'm torn because each school offers something different, and there are so many different things I'm looking for,' he said. 'I want to go to a good school where I can study hard, but I also want somewhere where I feel comfortable; somewhere I could imagine calling home. 

'I also want to meet other students, make friends, travel, and do other activities.

'When people ask me which one, I have said Yale so far because I have a connection with Yale. I went to Yale with the Model United Nations, and got to see how inspiring and interesting it is there.

'I'm visiting a few this month and will decide at the end.' 

Proud parents: Paul and Roseline Ekeh, former Target clerks, inspired their son to work hard to achieve 

Proud parents: Paul and Roseline Ekeh, former Target clerks, inspired their son to work hard to achieve 

His father, who now works in the NYPD's traffic division, shared the news on Facebook with an elated message

His father, who now works in the NYPD's traffic division, shared the news on Facebook with an elated message

His mother, who works for a human resources agency in Queens, could not contain her delight 

His mother, who works for a human resources agency in Queens, could not contain her delight 

Elated, his mother Roseline, who now works for a human resources agency in Queens, posted on Facebook: 'All glory to the most high God!!!'

His father Paul Ekeh, who works in the NYPD's traffic division, spoke to DailyMail.com to describe the moment he found out.

'It was like a thunderbolt,' he said. 'I didn't doubt that he could achieve good things but it was the sweep that made it so different. I don't know how to say how I feel. It's amazing.' 

Sharing the news of his son's achievement on Facebook, Mr Ekeh wrote: 'Bless the LORD... Congrats Son, in Jesus' name!!'

With three weeks and four days to make a decision, Harold said he is keeping an open mind and plans to visit Harvard, MIT and Princeton. 

Harvard only accepts 5.9 per cent of applicants - roughly 2,000 of the 34,000 submissions they receive. 

Take two: Last year another Long Islander, Kwasi Enin, chose Yale after being accepted by all eight Ivies

Take two: Last year another Long Islander, Kwasi Enin, chose Yale after being accepted by all eight Ivies

Yale accepts 6.3 per cent of the 30,000 students who apply, and Columbia only 6.9 per cent of 32,000.

Cornell has the highest acceptance rate of the eight Ivies - a minuscule 14 per cent of the 43,000 applicants.

Right now, Harold is leaning towards Yale.

'I got to see how passionate people are at Yale,' he told ABC. 'That skewed me to start leaning towards Yale in my junior year.' 

Last year, another Long Island high school student, 17-year-old Kwasi Enin, picked Yale after being accepted to every Ivy League college. 

The son of Ghanaian immigrants, Kwasi had an SAT score of 2250, straight As, and wrote an essay describing his love of music which 'sparked my intellectual curiosity'.

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Hear from the Long Island NY high school student who is accepted at all eight Ivy League schools he applied too {VIDEO+PICS}

Decision: The high school senior made his choice out of all eight U.S. Ivy League schools that he was accepted to beforehand

Decision: The high school senior made his choice out of all eight U.S. Ivy League schools that he was accepted to beforehand

 

  • Kwasi Enin announced today at a press conference that he had accepted the offer of Yale University to study
  • The 17-year-old had been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools
  • Chose Yale because of its musical program and support system for students
  • Enin, 17, is the son of immigrant nurses from Ghana
  • He was a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic, N.Y, with an SAT score of 2,250 out of 2,400

In a move reminiscent of LeBron's The Decision, the New York teen offered places at all eight Ivy League schools held a press conference on Wednesday to announce Yale was his choice.

Seventeen-year-old Kwasi Enin announced his eagerly awaited decision at William Floyd High School on Long Island and declared that Yale's music program is what swayed his decision.

The senior hit international headlines last month when he revealed he had been accepted to every single Ivy League college backed by his parents who are both nurses and emigrated to the United States from Ghana in the 1980s.

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Success: Kwasi Enin, a high school senior, smiles after announcing he will attend Yale University during a press conference at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York on April 30, 2014

Success: Kwasi Enin, a high school senior, smiles after announcing he will attend Yale University during a press conference at William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, New York on April 30, 2014

Decision: The high school senior made his choice out of all eight U.S. Ivy League schools that he was accepted to beforehand
Decision: The high school senior made his choice out of all eight U.S. Ivy League schools that he was accepted to beforehand

Decision: The high school senior made his choice out of all eight U.S. Ivy League schools that he was accepted to beforehand

Enin scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT. He was also accepted at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania.

His incredible feat beat the odds - Harvard only accepted 5.9 percent of applicants in during this round and Cornell, which accepts more than the other seven schools, still only takes 14 percent.

Enin plans to study music and medicine and said of Yale, 'I met people who were just like me - diverse in both science and music - and they told me how manageable it is doing both.'

The teen said he is looking forward to singing in one of Yale's capella groups and playing in one of its orchestras.

Teen accepted to ALL Ivy League Schools picks Yale VIDEO
 
Now that's high achievement: Kwasi Enin, 17 a senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, applied to all eight Ivy League Universities - and decided today to go to Yale

Now that's high achievement: Kwasi Enin, 17 a senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, applied to all eight Ivy League Universities - and decided today to go to Yale

'I'm very satisfied with my offer,' he said of Yale. 'They're very generous on their aid.'

MUSICAL MOMENTS IN THE ESSAY

'A wrong decision can be the beginning or end to a lifestyle. In the seventh grade, I nearly ended my music career by opting to select a simple course- Music in Our Lives- that met the state music requirement, But this decision would have left me empty.

'While onstage as Big Jule of Guys and Dolls during my favorite musical, I helped create a wonderful atmosphere in the school auditorium by singing and dancing.

'With improvement and balance comes success, and music taught me all of these virtues.

'Whenever I perform... I become immersed in the conversations between performers and the audience.'

At the news conference in the school gym, Enin thanked his parents and educators who helped him along the way.

'Without their assistance, I would not be in this position,' he said to NBC New York. 'I would not have had the initial drive to strive for excellence.'

His mother said her son is 'proving himself to be on the right path.' She and her husband have sought to instill "strong moral qualities" in Enin and his sister since they were young, she said.

'We are so proud and so excited about all that he has achieved,' she said.

His father said he has always been strict about his children's academics.

'I told him, 'Look, your worst grade in school should be a 95,' he said.

Earlier this month, the admissions essay penned by Enin was released.

In the biographical statement he submitted for the Common Application, he wrote about how music is 'the spark of my intellectual curiosity' and helped him connect to his community through plays. 

'While onstage as Big Jule of Guys and Dolls during my favorite musical, I helped create a wonderful atmosphere in the school auditorium by singing and dancing,' the essay reads.

The Decision: LeBron James announced his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Miami Heat in a heavily hyped television show dubbed The Decision in 2010

The Decision: LeBron James announced his move from the Cleveland Cavaliers to Miami Heat in a heavily hyped television show dubbed The Decision in 2010

Kwasi Enin matriculated at William Floyd High School, a large school on Long Island, New York. His principal said that, from the start, it was clear he would succeed

Kwasi Enin matriculated at William Floyd High School, a large school on Long Island, New York. His principal said that, from the start, it was clear he would succeed

He goes on to tout his involvement in the local men's Doo Wop group as well as the chamber ensemble. 

'With improvement and balance comes success, and music taught me all of these virtues,' he wrote. 

'My haven for solace in and away from home is in the world of composers, harmonies and possibilities.'

'The self-guided journey known as music in my life excites my mind every day. My heart sings every day because the journey is already wonderful. Although I hope that my future career is in medicine, I love that I still have much to learn about and from the world of music.'

The 17-year-old from Long Island, who had already been accepted early into Princeton, got into Brown. Columbia, Cornell, Yale and Dartmouth on March 27.

Yale bound: Enin scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT. He was also accepted at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania

Yale bound: Enin scored 2,250 out of 2,400 on his SAT. He was also accepted at Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton and the University of Pennsylvania

By 5pm that day, he had six Ivy League colleges offering him a place at their institutions, and then the toughest of them all, Harvard, sent the William Floyd High School student an email.

The university has an acceptance rate of only 5.9 per cent - meaning only 2,023 of the 34,295 applicants will get in - and they wanted Kwasi.

'I was like - this can't be happening!' Kwasi told Newsday.

He told The New York Post that much of his success is a result of his hovering 'helicopter parents', who both work as nurses after moving to America from Ghana in 1980.

'He's an amazing kid. He's very humble,' his father Ebenezer Enin said.

'He's been trained to be a high achiever right from when he was a kid.

'We have been encouraging him to be an all-around student. So far, he has proved himself.'

Kwasi Enin's college essay


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Kwasi Enin, a senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic, applied at each of the eight Ivy League schools and got accepted into all of them. The acceptance rate for upcoming freshmen at these elite schools ranges from 5.9% at Harvard to 14% at Cornell.
Now that's high achievement: Kwasi Enin, 17 a senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, applied to all eight Ivy League Universities - and was accepted by the lot

Kwasi Enin, 17 yr old at William Floyd High School, accepted 17 year old senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic, NY was accepted to all eight elite Ivy colleges and universities. 

A Long Island high schooler has run the Ivy League table.

Kwasi Enin, a 17-year-old senior at William Floyd High School in Mastic, has been accepted into each of the eight elite Ivy colleges and universities.


 Long Island High School senior, Kwasi Enin (far right), with family members, left to right - Ebenezer (father), Doreen (mother), Adwoa (sister). DAVID WEXLER FOR NEW YORK DAILY NEWSEnin (far right), with dad Ebenezer (far left), mom Doreen (second from left) and sister Adwoa (second from right).

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” he said.


William Floyd High School in Mastic Beach, NYGOOGLEEnin has a few months left at William Floyd High School (pictured) before he enrolls at an Ivy League school.

Collectively, the Ivy League schools accepted less than 9% of all applicants for the class of 2018, ranging from 5.9% at Harvard to 14% at Cornell.

 

“I’ve never seen anything like it in my 15 years as a high school counselor,” said Nancy Winkler, Enin’s guidance counselor. “He’s going to be a leader in whatever he chooses."

Enin, the son of immigrant nurses from Ghana, wants to be a physician.

“I’m thinking of being a cardiologist or neurologist,” said Enin, who lives in Shirley. “A doctor is a community leader, a protector, someone who people turn to ... when they need help.”

 

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Comment by Emilygray on August 2, 2019 at 9:39am

He's got that score as he's more motivated than others. Probably he remembers all the bitter conditions of life in Nigeria, and that now everything depends on him. Motivation to learn is a driving force to success. Well done!

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Comment by Peggy Joseph on June 21, 2015 at 11:25am

Love this story! Congrats to both boys & may they live their dreams!

Comment by junior on April 6, 2015 at 10:18pm
Congrats kid, I know him personally and his family
Comment by Charles Walker on October 12, 2014 at 12:48am

I am really proud of you. Young man....keep up the excellent. Work, we need more. Young. Adults. Like. Your self

Comment by Elayne M Mitchell on August 14, 2014 at 2:50pm

Awesome!  Keep up the great work Kwasi-- God is not through with you yet...the best is yet to come!  I'll be keeping up with your progress and successes. 

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