DÉJÀ VU: Elmont Valedictorian, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, Accepted Into 8 Ivy League Universities & MIT
For a second consecutive year, an Elmont Memorial High School senior has been accepted into each of the prestigious eight Ivy League Universities across the country, not to mention the world-renowned MIT.
Just a year ago, Elmont’s Class of 2015 Salutatorian, Harold Ekeh, made a splash in local and national news headlines when he, too, received a “Yes” from Princeton, Brown, Cornell, University of Pennsylvania, Columbia, Dartmouth, Harvard, Yale, and MIT. Harold ultimately decided to enroll at Yale University where he is now a freshman.
Statement from the Sewanhaka Central High School District:
“While Augusta is undecided on which academic institution she plans to attend, she wants to pursue a science-related major and is hoping to go to a college where she can combine her varied scientific interests, which include biochemistry and environmental studies.
Augusta, who has to make a final decision by May 1, described the entire experience as surreal.
“I am humbled by all of the college acceptance letters that I recently received,” she said. “I am reminded that I have a responsibility to be a role model for others and use my experiences to encourage and inspire others, especially young women.”
The Elmont Memorial valedictorian, who was also named a finalist in the 2016 Intel Science Talent Search, thanked her family and teachers for their support.
“My parents have always taught me the value of hard work, and I am very thankful for that,” she said. “My teachers at Elmont Memorial have also played a major role in my development.
Elmont Memorial is a very special place, where teachers start their days at 7 a.m. and leave very late in the evening. It is a school where teachers love children and are dedicated to academic achievement.
My recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking ideals of the town of Elmont, my supportive parents and my dedicated teachers. I am elated, but most importantly, I am thankful.”
In addition to being accepted to each Ivy League school, Augusta was also granted admission to Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.”
“Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is a student who personifies the very best in every area of student life,” the Sewanhaka Central High School District remarked in a statement last fall. “[She] is recognized for her intellectualism, sincerity, curiosity, tenacity, creativity and leadership.
[Augusta] has pursued a rigorous college preparatory program that has included 11 Advanced Placement courses. Her attainment of a 101.64 GPA and designation as an AP Scholar with Distinction only scratches the surface of this young lady’s accomplishments.
[Augusta] is a 2015-2016 Coca-Cola Scholars Program semifinalist and, as a member of Science Research, has received honors and awards in numerous New York State Science and Engineering Fair competitions, including the ASM International Long Island Chapter Award at the Long Island Science Congress Fair.
Augusta’s leadership skills are second to none. She is the president of Future Business Leaders of America, president of the Leo Club and executive director of Excel Education Preparation.
In addition, she participates in the World Language Honor Society, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Honor Society and Science Honor Society. She has also shown her altruistic nature as a volunteer at Parker Jewish Institute for Healthcare and Rehabilitation.
Augusta is a talented young lady with a social conscience and a deep regard for humanity. She plans to become a doctor.”
Congratulations to Augusta, her parents, family, friends, teachers and to the entire Elmont community! Thank you for reinforcing the standard of excellence and culture of success that blossoms from within the walls of our beloved Elmont Memorial High School. Sky’s the limit!