A 17-year-old girl from New Jersey has been accepted by all eight Ivy League schools — as well as Stanford.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a Nigerian immigrant, is just one of the few students who have debunked the stereotype (also propagated by President Donald Trump) that black people don’t have education.
“You're living in poverty, your schools are no good, you have no jobs. 58 percent of your youth is unemployed. What the hell do you have to lose?” Trump denigrated the entire African American community during his presidential campaign.
However, he didn’t count on White-Thorpe, did he?
The young woman was sent congratulatory letters from Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Dartmouth, Cornell, UPenn, Columbia, Stanford and Brown — a total of nine acceptances.
Understandably, White-Thorpe is ecstatic. She hasn’t decided which university she will attend but knows what subject she will choose: biology and then eventually go on to become a cardiologist.
But this is not her only accomplishment.
Throughout her academic tenure, White-Thorpe’s record has remained stellar.
She is the student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, New Jersey.
Earlier this year, she was one of the 150 students chosen for 2017 Coca-Cola Scholars out of a pool of 86,000 students in the United States.
When she was in fifth-grade, she won her school’s D.A.R.E. Essay Contest at Lakeview Elementary.
But she is not the only African-American student to have been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. There are others as well.
Kwasi Enin, whose parents are from Ghana, accepted Yale’s offer after being offered an education by all eight Ivy League schools in 2014.
Harold Ekeh, a Nigerian immigrant, who got offers from all 13 schools he applied to, including the prestigious Ivy League ones, also chose Yale in 2015.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, chose Harvard University in 2016.
Kelly Hyles, a Guyanese immigrant raised by a single mother, was accepted by all eight schools as well as MIT, John Hopkins and New York University.
The astounding accomplishments of all these black students, who are either immigrants or whose parents were immigrants, send a clear and poignant message to Trump and his cronies — who have only worsened racism and stopped innocent immigrant students from entering the country.