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A 17-year-old New Jersey student has a serious dilemma that most of us wish we had back in high school: which elite university to attend?

WABC-TV reports that Ifeoma White-Thorpe received acceptance letters from all eight Ivy League schools and Stanford University.

“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…,’” the Morris Hills High School senior told WABC.

Ifeoma, who wants to study biology and enter the global health field, decided to shoot for the stars when applying to colleges.

The schools were impressed with her impeccable academic credentials. Among the highlights, Ifeoma earned straight A’s in her AP classes and won the national Selma Speech and Essay Contest in 2015.

Ifeoma’s proud mom, Patricia White-Thorpe, told ABC News her daughter is hardworking and was gifted from childhood.

“As a little girl, she was a great writer. I remember when she was in kindergarten. She spoke on behalf of the kindergarten class and it blew our minds away,” she recalled.

White-Thorpe noted that Ifeoma won the 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars award. She is among the 150 winners out of about 86,000 students nationwide who applied for the competitive scholarship.

Todd Toriello, principal at Morris Hills High School, told ABC News that Ifeoma has been a student leader since her freshman year.

“She understands the importance of giving back to her school service and currently serves the student body as the student government association president. As a senior, she’s challenged herself in rigorous course work,” he said.

Decisions, decisions, decisions. Which school to choose?

Ifeoma said she received Harvard University’s acceptance letter early in the process and thought she would go there. But then, other acceptance letters started rolling in, and now she can’t choose.

Her parents told WABC that they’re leaving it up to their daughter to decide.


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16 thoughts on “Black Teen Accepted To All 8 Ivy League Schools

  1. Really on said:

    So sad people on here arguing about someone’s opportunity to do better regardless of how it happened. How ignorant .

  2. Shirley on said:

    I knew your trollish ass would show up with something negative to say. You and trump need to take a road trip wearing gasoline soaked panties. BOOM!! Go away.

  3. leadjustone on said:

    How wonderful! Even though she was obviously a standout from the start, I’m sure her parents were very supportive of her hard work and achievement. Seems to be a very well rounded young lady. Congrats to the whole family!

    • Arthur Childress on said:

      Careful specialt did you check with that TROLL chris? He decides whether a story is”uplifting or not!

      • Chris on said:

        Thorpe most likely aced the SATs. Your boys in Ballou averaged 648 out of 1600. None met the state standards in high school math. You should celebrate.

  4. americanize on said:

    Ms.Thrope first an foremost congrats but please bring some of that training back to the black to the community b/c we all don,t get those opportunities.

  5. Chris on said:

    Peter, your schtick is getting quite old. Your racist rants are baseless and boorish. Your credibility is a negative number. Perhaps you and @honestly could just go away.

  6. Arthur Childress on said:

    Wow! This is an uplifting story. What a great way to start my day! Congratulations young lady you make us proud!

    • Chris on said:

      You see Arthur, this is a real story, not like the bullshirt one about Ballou H.S. In D.C. that you and others fell off your chairs for. BTW, this is a couple of days old already, if “writers” from this website are going to just copy and paste, you would think that they could do it in a timely fashion.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        WHAT??? You feeble minded TROLL! I found BOTH stories uplifting! And…who the F*CK are you to tell ME whether a story is uplifting or not?? You see…that’s the problem with you and that racist mentality. You think you can come on this web site and tell Black folks HOW and WHAT to think. Listen… let me be clear…F**k you and everyone connected to you. The audacity! You ‘re going to tell me what stories should be uplifting to ME!

      • Chris on said:

        Arthur, it is quite obvious that you did not read my post from that bullshirt story. Here it is again, try to keep up:
        Knock, knock. Who’s there? Reality. “In 2016, only 3 percent of Ballou students tested met reading standards on citywide standardized exams and almost none met math standards.”
        First, this is just a sign of social promotion, not merit promotion. How did these kids get through high school? Second, what’s the point of applying to college if you cannot pass the minimum standards of high school? All the kids applying doesn’t mean squat. ONLY 31% OF THE KIDS TOOK THE SATs. AND THE AVERAGE SCORE WAS 648 out of 1600. Porter admits that she doesn’t know if all these kids will even graduate high school or enroll in colleges. She is being credited with this “amazing feat,” instead she should be ridiculed for setting these kids up for a major disappointment. The kids who can’t meet minimum standards for high school are being set up for failure in college.
        Only 57% graduated the year before, you have to ask yourself, “how many barely squeaked by and or were just pushed through the system to make the administration look good?” 100% of the student body missed at least 15 days of school. 52% received out of school suspensions. 4.3% had a school related arrest. 13.8% were held back a grade. 43% of the teachers missed at least 10 days of school. AND THEIR TOTAL COMPENSATION IS OVER $100 THOUSAND.
        This school should be shut down instead of being applauded.

      • Arthur Childress on said:

        Read my post again troll, because, you still don’t get it and you never will because you’re a racist maggot who goes looking to find the negative in any positive, uplifting stories about Black men. That’s what is “quite obvious”!

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