augusta-uwamanzu-nnaAugusta Uwamanzu-Nna, valedictorian of Elmont High School in Long Island, NY is celebrating the rare feat of getting accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools.

There aren’t any shortcuts or secrets to achieving academic success. Hard work and tenacity is key. “I think the main thing that has shaped me into the individual I am now is just tenacity and persistence,” she told WABC.

“I’ve struggled with numerous classes in the past,” Augusta said. “But I guess what allowed me to be successful, ultimately, in those classes, at the end, is my persistence and my tenacity.”

Uwamanzu-Nna is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants who instilled in her self-confidence, humility and a respect for education.

“Though I was born here in American, I visited Nigeria many times,” she said. “And I’ve seen that my cousins don’t have the same opportunities that I have.So definitely, whatever I do, I want to make sure that it has an impact on Nigeria.”

Earlier this week, Augusta received an invitation to the White House Science Fair. As for college, she says it is great to have choices, but she hasn’t decided yet where she’ll attend.

We’re sure she’ll pursue excellence wherever she goes. Congrats Augusta!

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