Long Island Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools

Kwasi Enin has his pick of the litter of some of the nation's top schools.

Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)
Kwasi Enin has a tough choice to make. (Photo courtesy of the William Floyd School District)

Harvard. Yale. Columbia. Princeton. Brown. Dartmouth. Cornell. The University of Pennsylvania. 

Those eight Ivy League schools, with their minuscule acceptance rates, often represent just a dream for thousands of high school seniors each year. 

But for Long Island teen Kwasi Enin, the dream has come true, times eight. The 17-year-old William Floyd High School senior has been accepted into every Ivy League school in the country. 

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” Kwasi, of Shirley, told the New York Daily News. 

Kwasi certainly has the credentials to back up his remarkable achievement. 

According to a USA Today report, Kwasi is ranked No. 11 in his graduating class–or the top 2 percent–at William Floyd and his SAT score of 2,250 out of 2,400 points is in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam across the country.  

Kwasi's parents, who emigrated to New York from Ghana in the 1980s, are both nurses and Kwasi plans to follow them into the medical field. 

Nancy Winkler, a guidance counselor at William Floyd High, told USA Today that's it's a big deal when the school has students apply to one or two Ivy League schools. 

"To get into one or two is huge," Winkler said, calling Kwasi's acceptance into all eight "extraordinary." 

Now with a choice to make that many high school seniors would love to have, Kwasi told Newsday that he is leaning toward Yale. 

Scooter Libby April 02, 2014 at 06:47 PM
@rick Also, Ivies have removed the "legacy" section on their applications. I'm sure alumni with bucks still get preference ( have to keep endowments huge, in part to help pay the tuition for folks like this young man) but they at least don't advertise. Agree with you for the non-qualified white student but it does suck for qualified white student.
CHRIS April 05, 2014 at 05:06 PM
@Wendy. Doesn't that prove my point. I can only be as smart as my teacher. My teachers were too busy quitting over contract disputes in the middle of the school year and for the ones that stayed, they were so dull and unenthused, who the hell would listen. Unless you had parent's who were involved. Thankfully my kids wont be going to Sachem.
Mrs. Sea April 06, 2014 at 09:12 AM
I always have a hard time understanding why contributors to sites like this one cannot read a happy, joyful, success story and not make bitter, negative and political comments. Can't you just be happy for this boy who worked hard all his life to get to this point? His self-motivation, brains, family, family history, school, community and perhaps church all contributed to his success. Be happy for and proud of Kwasi.
Scooter Libby April 06, 2014 at 09:25 AM
@sea It is a wonderful story. But a major part of the story is Kwasi's race. As I stated before if all things were the same except his skin color there would be no story. Kwasii is not even the #1 ranked student at his school-there are ten ranked higher. Maybe they didn't get good SAT scores, didn't apply to these schools or did and we're not accepted. All I'm saying is that his skin color was a factor to his success.
CHRIS April 06, 2014 at 01:25 PM
Mrs Sea that would be boring. It's much more fun to dive into the story and pick it apart. It's about asking questions and finding out what your fellow Americans are thinking. Would you rather all of us blindly read a story and accept it as it is written?


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