Dream becomes reality: Blind cheerleader accepted to Harvard

Bianca McEvoy achieved her longtime dream of getting into Harvard last month, making her the first Oyster Bay High School student in a decade to head to the Ivy League school.

News 12 Staff

May 26, 2021, 10:48 AM

Updated 1,047 days ago

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A legally blind Oyster Bay High School cheerleader has accomplished another milestone.
Bianca McEvoy achieved her longtime dream of getting into Harvard last month, making her the first Oyster Bay High School student in a decade to head to the Ivy League school.
“I cried,” she told News 12 about her reaction to the good news. “I screamed, and I cried.”
McEvoy’s condition was caused by albinism, which is a lack of pigment in the eyes, skin and hair. When cheerleading, she told Kevin Maher earlier this year that she relies on what she can hear, and to nail tumbling she relies on the pattern of her hands and feet hitting the mat.
She’s also on the track team, and when some people believed she was setting the bar too high – that her disability would be a hurdle too big to get over – the girl who's never seen well, who made a Harvard pillow for an eighth-grade class project, had a vision.
“Even when I was little, everyone would be like ‘OK, what about something other than Harvard?’ I was like ‘No. Harvard. Harvard is No. 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. And I told my mom, ‘If I get in, I'm going, you can't tell me no.’”


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