Early Childhood Education

The Young Scholar-Celeb

Written by Elvis Boniface

Its been all over the internet and I can’t fail to talk about it in this blog-Caleb’s super performance.

Meet Kwasi Enin, son of Ghanaian immigrants who has obtained admission to all 8 Ivy League Schools in the USA. A senior at William Floyd High School in Shirley, New York, Kwasi Enin applied to all eight Ivy League Universities — Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Cornell — and was accepted to all of them.

“My heart skipped a beat when he told me he was applying to all eight,” says Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd. In 29 years as a counselor, she says, she’s never seen anything like this. “It’s a big deal when we have students apply to one or two Ivies. To get into one or two is huge. It was extraordinary.”

Young Kwasi Enin

Young Kwasi Enin

We congratulate William Floyd High School senior Kwasi Enin, of Shirley, L.I., who applied and was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools ( Princeton, Harvard, Yale, Penn, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell and Brown Universities).

He has a straight-A average. He scored in the 99th percentile on his SAT. And he’s a shot putter, viola player and a cappella singer. His extraordinary achievement was the talk of the education world Tuesday April 1st, 2014, but the 17-year-old aspiring doctor took all the attention in stride.

“It has been a little crazy, but I never really feel overwhelmed because I love what I do and I have great support,” Enin said. He turned into an instant celebrity when he got accepted at all eight Ivy League schools. He was profiled on several TV and radio show including ABC’s ‘Good Morning America’ and his name trended on Twitter.

But all the adulation isn’t going to Enin’s head. “That’s not Kwasi,” said his uncle Edmund Bimpong. “He’s low-profile, very high humility.”

A first-generation American whose parents are from Ghana, Enin figured applying to all eight elite schools would improve his chances of getting into one of them.

His first acceptance letter came from Princeton in December, the last from Harvard at 5:30 p.m. Thursday.
“I thought Harvard would be the one to reject me,” he said. “They’re Harvard.”

Collectively, the Ivy League schools accepted fewer than 9% of all applicants for the class of 2018, ranging from 5.9% at Harvard to 14% at Cornell.
Enin ranks in the top 2% of his class and aced 11 advanced placement classes. The son of two nurses, he also volunteers in Stony Brook University Hospital’s radiology department. But he said he believes what truly sets him apart is his passion — for everything.

“Every admissions counselor I spoke to at the Ivy League schools brought that up,” he said. “It’s a big part of who I am.”

Enin hasn’t yet made up his mind about where to take his prodigious talents. But with its strong reputation in medicine and music, he’s leaning toward Yale. He’s particularly drawn to its biomedical engineering program.

“I want the passion of music and medicine to be part of my life wherever I go,” added Enin, who lives in Shirley.
Some Enin admirers joked on Twitter that he should follow the example of exceptional high school athletes and reveal his choice on TV. William Floyd High School Principal Barbara Butler said the school is abuzz over Enin.

“I heard other kids remarking about him — ‘I want to do that,’” she said. “It couldn’t have happened to a better kid. He’s such a well-rounded, humble and modest young man.”

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Elvis Boniface

Ordained Evangelist of the Education Ministry. Learning is my lifestyle, credo and religion. On a mission to disrupt and redirect Africa's Education conversation using Technology and Media. We can do it. Open to discuss any Education initiative and idea. #peace

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