Harold Ekeh, an 18-year-old high school senior who immigrated from Nigeria to New York with his parents when he was eight years old, has been accepted by all eight Ivy League schools.
Ekeh, who attends Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, N.Y. , has received acceptance notices from Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and Pennsylvania.
Although they are not in the Ivy League, Ekeh also received acceptance notices from other prestigious schools, including Johns Hopkins, MIT, New York University, Vanderbilt and State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Ekeh said in news interviews that he is leaning towards attending Yale, which is located in New Haven, Conn. He wants to become a neurosurgeon and cure Alzheimer’s Disease, which afflicts his grandmother.
He is a straight A student with an SAT score of 2270. Ekeh served as his high school newspaper’s editor-in-chief, and he was chief executive of the model United Nations.
He credits his parents, Paul and Roseling Ekeh, former Target clerks, for his academic success.