And now this antidote to last week’s story about college sports players who skated through high school thanks to educators who were more than willing to pass illiterate students and some parents who didn’t seem to care.
Meet Kwasi Enin of Shirley, N.Y. He’s been accepted to all eight Ivy League schools.
And why wouldn’t they want him? His academic test scores put him in the top 1 percent of students in the nation. He hit 2250 out of a possible 2400 score on the SAT entrance exam. He’s a shot putter for his school’s track team. He plays viola in the orchestra.
He figured that if he applied to Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Penn, he’d get into one of them.
Not surprisingly, his success can be traced to his parents — both nurses — who came to the United States from Ghana in the 1980s.
“We are very proud of him,” Ebenezer Enin, his father, tells Newsday. “He’s an amazing kid. He’s very humble. He’s been trained to be a high achiever right from when he was a kid. We have been encouraging him to be an all-around student. So far, he has proved himself.”
You can do great things when you value the opportunity you’re given.