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Monday, 10 April 2017

Another Nigerian teen, Jude Okonkwo accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools!

The son of Nigerian immigrants, Jude Okonkwo was accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, joining a growing club of Nigerian teens who have achieved the distinction....Ifeoma White-Thorpe (class of 2017) Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna(class of 2016) Obinna Igbokwe, Harold Eke (class of 2015)
The 17-year-old Chaminade High School will have his pick of the elite schools — Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Princeton University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale University — and must decide where to enroll by May, 1, 2017.
"I’m so grateful that, after all of the work I’ve put in, I’m able to reap the benefits as well — and that all those who have helped and watched me see that hard work has truly paid off," said Okonkwo, who hopes to set a good example for his four younger siblings.

Okonkwo, the son of physicians, aspires to be a neurosurgeon and looked for schools with strong science and medical programs, including those with a combined bachelor’s degree and medical school acceptance. His unweight grade-point average is 98.9.

He also was accepted to Howard University in Washington, D.C.; Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore; Northeast Ohio Medical University’s baccalaureate-medical degree program; Stony Brook University; University of Missouri; Washington University in St. Louis and Wayne State University in Detroit.

He is leaning toward Harvard but received a full scholarship to Wayne State and generous financial aid packages from the other schools, he said, which will factor into his decision.
“It was more of an ‘Oh, shucks’ moment than a boastful moment when he got accepted. He’s a very unassuming person — you almost had to pry the fact that he got into all eight Ivies out of him," said Daniel Petruccio, assistance principal of guidance. Petruccio said this is the first time a Chaminade student has swept the Ivy acceptances since he started working at the school in 1999.
 
Okonkwo’s parents, Ndubueze and Chinwe, emigrated from Nigeria in the 1990s and settled in New Orleans. They lived in a two-story home in Harvey, in Jefferson Parish, on the west bank of the Mississippi River. In 2005, when Jude Okonkwo was 7, Hurricane Katrina forced them to evacuate.                                                      
Okonkwo began second grade on Long Island and remembers the experience well, he said, detailing it in one of two essays he wrote as part of his college applications.
The 6-foot-2-inch teenager runs track and is president of the Glee Club, a member of the school’s global chamber ensemble, editor-in-chief of the literary magazine and news editor of the school newspaper. He also has a self-published book of poetry.
"A lot of times, people forget that medicine and healing is a process and it’s about the human experience,” he said. “That’s why I like literature, and I think that’s some of the insight I would bring to medicine.”
Outside of school, Okonkwo plays the piano and clarinet and has been a member of the children’s choir at St. Matthew Roman Catholic Church in Dix Hills for a decade. From time to time, he is pulled into a pickup game of basketball.
For the last two summers, Okonkwo worked as a lifeguard at the Town of Huntington pool. His interactions with people in his community, along with his love of humanities, confirmed his desire to pursue health care, he said.
“Jude is a model Chaminade man — a man who does the right thing at the right time because it’s the right thing to do, regardless of who is watching,” Brother Thomas Cleary, Chaminade’s president, said in a statement.
“We cannot wait to see the incredible things Jude will continue to do with his life,”

Jude Okonkwo’s college acceptances

Ivy League schools

Brown University
Columbia University
Cornell University
Dartmouth College
Harvard University
Princeton University
University of Pennsylvania
Yale University

Other acceptances

Howard University
Johns Hopkins University
Northeast Ohio Medical University’s baccalaureate-medical degree program
Stony Brook University
University of Missouri
Washington University
Wayne State University
Source: Long Island News, Newsday

24 comments:

Adedayo said...

These are the good Nigerians that potray us in a good limelight when they are outside of the country. Here is how to get a big penis

frank said...

I AM PROUDLY IGBO, WE REPRESENT EVERYWHERE WE FIND OURSELVES. BRILLIANCE, SPORTS, COMEDY, MUSIC, RESEARCH etc just name it. NIGERIA is not meant for us, we must get our independent state as indigenous people. ALL HAIL BIAFRA

ifeoma's verdict said...

Congrats dear. And the bible says, the wise men came from the east.

Anonymous said...

Igbo kwenu!!! Yaaaaa!!!!

Anonymous said...

Yaaa!!!

Puddy Alpheaus said...

Congratulation boy.I've always maintained that Igbos are the most educated group in Nigeria. Don't mind the propaganda of the Western press, and the inaccurate census which had always doctored the truth.
Again, Igbos are people that always pursue for excellence wherever they go, and whatever they do.

Anonymous said...

ALL HAIL BIAFRA

Anonymous said...

YAAAAAAH!!!

Puddy Alpheaus said...

Congratulation boy.I've always maintained that Igbos are the most educated group in Nigeria. Don't mind the propaganda of the Western press, and the inaccurate census which had always doctored the truth.
Again, Igbos are people that always pursue for excellence wherever they go, and whatever they do. May God continue to use them the good of Nigeria, and for His own glory, IJN

Vivian Reginalds said...

MEHN... IGBO AMAKA!!!
Igbos repp'n us PROUDLY!!!

Congratulations Son.
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Pee said...

Thank God there's no quota system in U. S. A. otherwise he would have been told that there's no space again for people from his region. Nigeria I hail thee!

Rhoda Osemeke said...

Wow. I am super proud of you dear. Keep it up.

Anonymous said...

Idiot, now you are proudly igbo ba? When some ibo boys scammed an old woman of her life savings in Malaysia, where were you.? The boy is an African American not an ibo boy. Find something to do with your life, sorry, there is still time for you, you aren't 40 yet are you????????

Vivian Reginalds said...

@Anonymous 10:01- Your pathetic and ignorant life can't let you become useful in this life... bera goan pray for grace ITIBOLIBO!

-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Do you think it's easy to scam someone? Try It, it takes intelligence to do that. I don't support it though but that is what people are left to do when Nigeria has only produced Yoruba and Hausa criminal President expect Jonathan that got in there by default. Proudly Igbo.

Anonymous said...

You tribalistic biased Nigerians making everything about tribe and trying to scatter Nigeria....Your mentality is the problem of this country!..ibo people always thinking they're the only ones that need money!

ObioraSEven A said...

Our God gifted brain is hot. All hail Biafra!

OSINANL said...

CONGRATS TO HIM

Anonymous said...

Igbo's are the most intelligent Nigerians. If you disagree, go for a challenge in things they do excellently and you will be outsmarted.

dee boi said...

Thank God we still have some them doing great things outside... dee

Anonymous said...

There is another igbo guy with that gained admission to all eight (8)ivy league schools in 2015,his name is Victor Agbafe,he's now in Harvard,I don't know why they always miss his name in the list,maybe they don't research well.
Son to a nigerian physician,Ejinkonye Agbafe-Mosley.

Uvie E said...

A Big Congratulations to You ..... YOUR GIFTS WILL CONTINUE TO MAKE ROOM FOR YOU ....

Anonymous said...

2015- IGBO,
2016- IGBO,
2017- IGBO.
Na wa oo..Igbo people una too much o.

chemmywalata walata said...

Igbo ppl are powerful

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