Earlier this month, Elmont native Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, graciously splashed into headlines once again when the Elmont Memorial High School Class of 2016 Valedictorian, was named to Forbes’ world-renowned “30 Under 30” List in the Energy 2017 sector.
At just 18 years-old, Augusta joins rare company among 2017’s youngest recipients of Forbes’ elusive annual honor.
According to Forbes, it is more difficult to make their ’30 Under 30′ list than to earn acceptance into any of the nation’s eight Ivy League universities. Luckily for Augusta, she was accepted into all of them — and then some.
One might say Augusta defies the odds if she didn’t seem to always bend them in her favor. The Forbes list achievement is only the latest in a series of milestones for the Elmont Memorial High School alumna, now closing out her freshman year at Harvard University in Boston where Augusta is pursuing a degree in Science.
“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,” Augusta said in a statement back in 2016 upon learning news of her Ivy league sweep.
“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.”
Augusta was recognized in the Forbes feature for her project, “Rheological Characterization of Attapulgite Nanoclay Modified Cement Slurries for Oil Well Applications,” which she conducted in the Civil Engineering and Mechanics Laboratory at Columbia University under the mentorship of Dr. Shiho Kawashima. The project analyzed oil well cementing practices, particularly those linked to the 2010 Gulf spill. [Sewanhaka Central High School District]
In her 2016 statement, Augusta beamed with that same sense of pride. “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.”
Congratulations, again, to Elmont’s Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna for continuing to astound, inspire, and represent the Elmont community.
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