A brilliant teenager from Long Island has much to smile about: his hard work, community achievements and academic excellence have all combined to lead to him being accepted by all 8 Ivy-league colleges.
Harold Ekeh, who is a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Nassau County, holds a GPA of 100.5 percent and a SAT of 2270. The national Intel Science Talent search semifinalist holds numerous accolades and all of his achievements have left him with a very big choice. Does he pick Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania or Columbia as his institution of higher learning?
Asked about his amazing accomplishment, Ekeh only had this to say: “My parents’ hard work and my hard work finally paid off.”
Ekeh’s parents came to America from Nigeria in order for “their kids to have opportunities”. Ekeh is definitely making his parents proud and plans to become a neurosurgeon. In an interview with The Post, Ekeh revealed that life in the US was first tough because he spoke ‘English but with a very heavy accent’.
Throughout high school Ekeh maintained focus on excellence, using his spare time to study biochemistry. Ekeh has a desire to work on a solution to Alzheimer’s, an ailment of which his grandmother suffers.
It’s worth mentioning that Ekeh was also accepted by MIT, NYU, Johns Hopkins University, Stony Brook University and Vanderbilt University. The young man is currently leaning toward Yale as his choice, but hopefully his brilliance leads him to realize that Harvard and Johns Hopkins are far better choices.
Ekeh’s parents, Paul and Roselin, both worked as clerks as Target. They are naturally excited and appreciative of their son, who credits his strong work ethic with values they implanted within him. After learning that he was accepted to so many top schools, Ekeh celebrated by first going to Bible study and then the ultimate experience for any young man…dinner at Chipotle. Another great choice.
“No matter how many time [my parents] would get knocked down, they were always positive. Anybody who sees my story can say, ‘If he can do it, I can do it.'”
The above quote by Ekeh is something others will hopefully take to heart. A young man with such an accomplishment is impressive, but what’s even more impressive is his humble spirit. A final quote:
““I don’t see it as an accomplishment for me. I see it as an accomplishment for my community. I hope it inspires the younger generation, not just in Elmont, but overall.”
Be inspired, young men and women of America. No matter your skin color or the humble nature of your home life, you can achieve great success in life. Work hard and let your ethic stand out. You may face obstacles, but you can overcome them and go far in life.