A New York high school student is making headlines for a big accomplishment.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna, a senior at Elmont High School in Long Island, was accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. The valedictorian is the daughter of Nigerian immigrants, who she credits for teaching her the value of self-confidence, humility and a respect for education.
"I think the main thing that has shaped me into the individual I am now is just tenacity and persistence," said Nna. "Though I was born here in America,I visited Nigeria many times. 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."
According to the teen, there is no secret or shortcut to academic success.
"I've struggled with numerous classes in the past. But I guess what allowed me to be successful, ultimately, in those classes, at the end, is my persistence and my tenacity," she said.
Nna, who has a passion for science, has received an invitation to attend the White House Science Fair. As for college, she's still undecided.