ELMONT - An Elmont Memorial High School student has accomplished a remarkable achievement: she’s been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has a 101.6 GPA and was also a finalist in the prestigious Intel Science competition. The 17-year-old valedictorian credits her success to her family and teachers.
"My family is so excited. Sometimes I feel like they get so much more excited than me," Uwamanzu-Nna says. "They literally scream. When I called my mom and told her, she was screaming on the phone."
She says her accomplishment is thanks to instructors like Michelle Flannory who were always pushing her to think outside the box. But Flannory, a science research teacher, says she has always seen something special in Uwamanzu-Nna.
"I think Augusta has always had an eye for improvement and growing, so that has been critical to her success," Flannory says.
Uwamanzu-Nna has a big decision to make by May 1. In addition to all eight Ivy League schools, she's also been accepted to four others: Rensselaer, NYU, MIT and John Hopkins.
"I'm still quite unsure what school I'm going to attend, but I know attending any of them will be such a great honor," she says.
It marks the second-straight year a student at Elmont Memorial High School has been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.