A New Jersey high school senior decided to shoot for the stars, and it paid off.
In a monumental feat, Ifeoma White-Thorpe has been accepted into every single Ivy League school – eight in total.
“I was like, ‘Oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight,’ and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like, ‘Oh my goodness!’ ” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe. She has been accepted by ALL 8 Ivy League schools: Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton pic.twitter.com/SSWNwzuNfN
— Crystal Johnson (@Crystal1Johnson) April 5, 2017
White-Thorpe already won accolades for an essay that she wrote and read for National Liberty Museum’s national Selma Speech & Essay Contest in 2015 – “Let Freedom Ring.” The contest marked the 50th anniversary of the Selma march and the topic was “current issues of individual freedom and self-determination,” and her entry won. In light of her exceptional accomplishment, White-Thorpe’s words ring true: “Intelligence plus character – that is the goal of true education. Education is essential for change, and I, yes me, I aspire to be that change.”
She now faces a very difficult choice between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown – plus she got into Stanford.
As of now, she says she’s not sure which elite school she will choose; scholarships and financial aid will play into her decision. But she can count herself as one of a select few who have accomplished the remarkable feat.