- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

ELMONT, N.Y. (AP) - Elmont High School senior Harold Ekeh has been accepted into all eight Ivy League colleges, along with five other colleges he applied to. Here’s the question he was asked, and an excerpt from his college essay:

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Q: What do you want the readers of your application to know about you apart from courses, grades, and test scores?

A: Through my experiences, I discovered my inner resilience. I had been brought up to never give up when faced with adversity but to face any challenge head-on and put forth my best effort. Like a tree, uprooted and replanted, I could have withered in a new country surrounded by people and languages I did not understand. Yet, I witnessed my parents persevere despite the potential to succumb. I faced my challenges with newfound zeal; I risked humiliation, spending my recesses talking to unfamiliar faces, ignoring their sarcastic remarks. I wanted to absorb my new environment, embrace the mysterious white flurries that fell on a cold winter’s day, embrace the golden hues of autumn, and melt into the cultural cauldron of New York. Soon, my efforts were being rewarded as I began to thrive among a new set of friends in a new school.

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