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Harold Ekeh, from New York, and Munira Khalif, of Minnesota, both applied to and were accepted by all eight Ivy League schools.

Ekeh, a senior at Elmont Memorial High School in Long Island, was born in Nigeria and moved to the United States at the age of 8. He credited his parents for setting the example to succeed in their adopted country. Ekeh wants to study biochemistry and hopes to eventually become a neurosurgeon. Ekeh is one of five brothers and said he was inspired to become a neurosurgeon and find a cure for Alzheimer’s when his grandmother began showing symptoms of the disease.

Khalif is a senior at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota. In addition to being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools, she was also admitted to Stanford and Georgetown. Khalif is a state speech champion and the founder of her school’s Social Consciousness Club. Khalif, who currently works as an advocate to make education more accessible for East African girls, plans on majoring in Political Science and eventually working in public service.

Read more about Ekeh here and more about Khalif here.

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