*When Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna of Elmont Memorial High School was told by her Guidance Counselor to go and check her Applicant Portal, she probably didn’t expect to see all that she did. One after another the high school senior who carries a 101.64 weighted GPA found she had been accepted into the freshman class at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, Cornell, Dartmouth, Brown, and the University of Pennsylvania.
Not to mention additional invitations to attend Johns Hopkins University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, New York University and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute.
Uwamanzu-Nna, whose parents hail from Nigeria, spoke in front of officials at Sewanhaka Central High School District and in addition to admitting how “humbled” she is, said media requests have been “consuming my life” since the news of her success was revealed by her school district.
Augusta, who said she was at a badminton game celebrating “Ivy Day” when she learned about her win, admitted to NBC News, “I was really anxious. I looked at each update for each school in ABC order and saw each acceptance after another. I was screaming and crying and started running around the gym.”
“Everyone dreams of being a celebrity, but this was great for me to realize I serve as an inspiration to others who don’t have the same support system I have had.”
“I’ll never forget that day,” Agusta said, as she recalls that everyone on the Badminton team had come over to congratulate her and shake her hand.
Johnson, Augusta’s older brother, who is a freshman at Cornell University, couldn’t be more proud of his sister. He told NBC News that it was his sister’s “initiative and perseverance,” along with the family’s emphasis on learning, that brought about her success.
Both of their Nigerian-born parents are college-educated, and her father has a master’s and PhD from the University of Indianapolis.
“Education is very paramount in our family,” said her brother, who also made his way to the Ivies and is a freshman at Cornell University, studying biological engineering.
Augusta, who runs her own tutoring service in addition to working at a tutoring center on weekends, also served as class valedictorian and thanked her teachers and her parents for bringing her to this point in her academic life. But this, she says, is not an “immigrant story.”
“My parents taught me the value of education, not to take any opportunity for granted,” she said.
Congratulations Augusta! We join all who are so very proud of you!
Watch the News 12 video report on this amazing intellectual directly below.