New Jersey Teen Accepted Into All Eight Ivy League Schools

April 5, 2017  |  

Every year, it seems we learn about yet another student who’s been accepted into all eight Ivy League Universities. And for the past couple of years, those students have been Black. And we’re happy to report that this year is no different.

This time, the student blessed with this distinct honor is 17-year-old senior Ifeoma White-Thorpe from New Jersey’s Morris Hill High School. White-Thorpe was accepted to Brown, Columbia, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, University of Pennsylvania and Harvard and Stanford University.

When she opened the last e-mail from the last of the schools, she was on edge.

She told WABC, “I was shaking, 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…”

Ifeoma’s mother, Pat White-Thorpe was not surprised to learn of her daughter’s achievement.

“She has always been a hardworking girl,” White-Thorpe said. “Last month, she was one of the 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars and that is one of 86,000 students in the United States. They choose 150 students and she was one of them…As a little girl, she was a great writer,” she added. “I remember when she was in kindergarten. She spoke on behalf on behalf of the kindergarten class and it blew our minds away.”

And she’s continued on that path. In 2015, Ifeoma was named the winner of the national Selma Speech and Essay Contest and currently serves as president of the student government association.

In her free time, White-Thorpe volunteers at a food bank and homeless shelter and also for the American Heart Association.

She plans to study biology to eventually become a cardiologist.

We’d say she’s well on her way.

Congratulations to Ifeoma!

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