Meet the students who got accepted to all Ivy League universities this year
As you sit on the couch reading articles like this one on the internet, three lucky American high-schoolers have already conquered the utter rarity of getting accepted at all eight Ivy League universities in the country.
The story started making noise on social media earlier this month when a number of mainstream media outlets including CNN reported on New Jersey teenager Ifeoma White-Thorpe’s ultimate luxury of picking among Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown and the University of Pennsylvania after being accepted to all eight Ivies this year.
“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 CNN affiliate WABC-TV of the moment she realized she has just received her eighth acceptance letter.
And while she still hasn’t finalized her decision (can you blame her?), The Morris Hills High School student is aiming for a career in global health and surely hopes to major in biology.
You might think the story stops here. Well, it doesn’t. White-Thorpe was not the only student to score such an exceptional achievement this year as she was joined by not one, but two other young achievers: Martin Altenburg from Fargo, North Dakota, and Ivan Vasquez from Boise, Idaho.
According to CNN, senior Fargo North High School student Altenburg currently juggles a panoply of extracurricular activities including swimming, orchestra and symphony, track and cross-country among others.
Fortune.com also reports that Vasquez advises other students to get involved as much as possible in their school activities as such involvement matters a lot when it comes to their college applications.
It is important to note that only one teen was able to score such a prestigious achievement last year, same goes for 2015 and 2014, which makes it even more striking to have three different students getting accepted to all the Ivies this year.