Diversifying their interests and casting a wide net put Ifeoma White-Thorpe, Martin Altenburg and Iva Vazquez at the head of the class
The kids are all right, all right.
The future looks brighter than ever with these seven Ivy League-bound high schoolers, including three who got into all eight of the elite universities this week.
These whiz kids scored the Ivy League sweep by being bold enough to apply to every school, as well as having the smarts and the extracurricular activities that set their applications apart from the rest of the class.
On Tuesday, New Jersey senior Ifeoma White-Thorpe revealed she’d been accepted into Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, UPenn, Princeton and Yale, which are considered the most prestigious colleges in the country.
— ABC News (@ABC) April 4, 2017
“I want to go into global health and study biology and so many of them have great research facilities, so I was like, I might as well just shoot my shot and apply,” Ifeoma told WABC.
She thinks her extracurricular activities, including being student government president and winning the national Selma speech and essay competition, made her a strong candidate beyond acing all of her AP classes. “I think my love for poetry and writing just really stood out,” she said.
Then Wednesday, Martin Altenburg from Fargo, North Dakota announced he’d also received his eighth Ivy League acceptance letter. Stanford and MIT are also welcoming him with open arms.
“I wanted to just apply to as many schools as possible because … I wasn’t sure where I’d get in and where I wouldn’t get in,” Altenburg told CNN affiliate WDAY. Besides hitting the books, the well-rounded Fargo North High School scholar also runs cross-country and track, swims, and performs in symphony and orchestra.
Gotta love the sweatshirt worn by North High's Martin Altenburg, who's been accepted to all Ivy League schools, Stanford, Cal Tech, etc pic.twitter.com/cCyhQcsmg1
— Mike McFeely (@MikeMcFeelyWDAY) April 5, 2017
And Boise, Idaho brain Ivan Vazquez became the third future Ivy Leaguer accepted into all eight schools. He also applied to all of them because, even though he was leaning toward Harvard originally, “you can’t go wrong with any of them. So I just decided I’m going to take my chances, see what I can get and just hope for the best.”
The lesson here: There’s no harm in trying – and you want to have plenty of “safety” schools to fall back on.
Vazquez also credited getting involved in extracurricular activities with putting him ahead of the competition. “Just believe in yourself, you can do it. Just get involved in your school,” he told KTVB. “Colleges love to see that you’re getting involved, no matter in what way, as long as you push yourself and just do what you love.”
— Boise Public Schools (@BSDEducation) April 5, 2017
The three academics have yet to reveal which schools will be their top picks – although White-Thorpe noted that none of the Ivies said they give merit scholarships, so her decision will be heavily weighed by which school offers the best financial aid package.
And these Ohio parents must be quadruply proud: Four quadruplet brothers have all been accepted to Yale and Harvard.
Aaron, Nick, Nigel and Zachary Wade from the northern Cincinnati suburb of Liberty Township credited their parents and teachers for their academic achievements. Their mother, Kim Wade, is a junior high school principal in their school district, and their father, Darrin Wade, works at General Electric Co.
The Wade brothers, quadruplets from Cincinnati, all just got accepted into the top ivy league schools in the U.S. This deserves recognition. pic.twitter.com/oNZrZvzHF2
— Isaac wright (@I_Zac33) April 5, 2017
“It’s really something we couldn’t have done on our own without all the support we have had through our lives,” Nick told the Associated Press. “It has been awesome.”
The boy wonders are also still deliberating which top tier school to accept, themselves.
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