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Long Island Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Colleges Picks Yale

Kwasi Enin announced his decision with major fanfare on Wednesday.

Kwasi Enin is headed to Yale. (Photo: Facebook/William Floyd School District)
Kwasi Enin is headed to Yale. (Photo: Facebook/William Floyd School District)
Deciding which college to attend is a big deal, but when most high school seniors announce that decision, it's usually around the kitchen table. 

Long Island's star pupil, Kwasi Enin, however, did it with a splash on Wednesday, announcing his decision during a press conference held in the gymnasium at William Floyd High School. 

That's what happens when you apply to and are accepted to all eight Ivy League colleges. You achieve academic rockstar status. But despite his immense talents, Enin cannot attend all eight schools at once, so he is headed to Yale University. 

The 17-year-old had told Newsday last month that he was leaning toward the New Haven, Conn., school and he made it official on Wednesday. 

A recent visit to the Yale campus sealed the deal. 

“My Bull Dog Days experience last week was incredible," Enin said, according to a Daily News report. "I met geniuses from all over the world. And everyone was so friendly and inviting. And I believe that their deep appreciation and love for music, like I have, was very critical."

Enin, of Shirley, is ranked No. 11 in his graduating class–or the top 2 percent–at William Floyd and his SAT score of 2,250 out of 2,400 points is in the 99th percentile for all students taking the exam across the country.

Enin's parents, who emigrated to New York from Ghana in the 1980s, are both nurses and Enin, who volunteers at Stony Brook University Hospital's radiology department, plans to follow them into the medical field.

It was his passion for music, though, that was the subject of Enin's college application essay.

"Music has become of my intellectual curiosity," wrote Enin, who plays the violin and bass, as well as sings in William Floyd's a cappella group. "I directly developed my capacity to think creatively around problems due to the infinite possibilities in music." 

Rollo Tomasi May 01, 2014 at 11:08 AM
Outstanding...make us all proud.
Archie Bunker May 01, 2014 at 11:15 AM
Good Luck young man!
Wwe Tensai May 01, 2014 at 07:41 PM
This is a role model.
de anne May 06, 2014 at 06:39 PM
Something in that Long Island salt water air!! So proud of this young man from my birthplace..not Ghana...Long Island. It should be a huge incentive for our youth..especially those of color and those of immigrant parents! Way to go NewYork!
de anne May 06, 2014 at 06:42 PM
Oh..I forgot to add....Music....more proof of how vitally important it is to train the brain...come on California.... Make it more accessible and necessary for our young people... PS...advice from a one time musician and member of a band! Music rules!

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