Yesha Callahan

NY Teen Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Schools


Harold Ekeh is a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Elemont, New York and he has a huge decision to make in a few weeks. Which of the 8 ivy league schools that he got accepted in, will he attend?

Yup, Ekeh got into all 8.

“I am leaning toward Yale,” he told CNNMoney. “I competed at Yale for Model UN, and I like the passion people at Yale had.”

Ekeh, who was born in Nigeria and came to the U.S. when he was 8, wants to major in neurobiology or chemistry in college and later become doctor and, ultimately, a neurosurgeon.

“When other kids would say, ‘I want to be a superhero or police officer,’ I would say, ‘I want to know what is on the inside of us,'” he said.

In his spare time, Ikeh conducts his youth choir and also started a college mentoring program at his high school, which is made up of 99% minorities.

Image Credits: Newsday/CNN

  1. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    I’m so happy for him! I wish him luck in completing his dreams and goals. EIGHT Ivy League universities! WOW!

  2. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    He is an amazing young man. So proud of him

  3. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    This is excellent news. We all want Brother Harold Ekeh to fulfill his dreams and to continue making it happen. Congratulations to him.

  4. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    What a problem to have on your hands!!! Congrats to him and all the best on his path to becoming a neurosurgeon.

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  6. April 6, 2015 - Reply

    Parents of African American children (not recent African immigrants) need to step up our games when it comes to getting our kids to study. Immigrant blacks make a lie out of any notion that black kids can’t learn. As the father of a teenager, the challenge is to fight off a culture among our kids that sees underachievement as perfectly acceptable.

    • April 7, 2015 - Reply


      This is very true, Anthony. I see it all the time with children of African immigrants (I am one). Educational achievement is drilled into us from a young age and as children/teens, rewards were given based on our grades/achievements. I honestly don’t see this drive in most AA teens. In grad school, my course had 3 Black girls and no guys. 2 of us were of African heritage and the other girl AA, and she commented on that too.

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