Youth Week celebrates the talents and gives opportunities to young people around the country, but it’s not just Australian teens who are ensuring that the future is in good hands.
US teen from New York, Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna has absolutely aced her senior year and been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, and four other highly competitive universities.
She’s yet to make a decision whether she wants to pursue a science-related major at Dartmouth, Harvard, Cornell, Brown, Yale, Columbia, Princeton, or join the Penn University alumni with Nnamdi Azikiwe, the first president of her family’s origin, Nigeria.
Uwamanzu says that her recent accomplishments reflect the hardworking town of Elmont in Long Island, her dedicated teacher, but importantly, her supportive parents. Both Augusta’s parents came from Nigeria and although she was born in the United States, she hopes that she can give back to Nigeria.
“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” - Augusta Uwamanzu
“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,” she told WABC
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna is Elmont High School’s valedictorian (class dux) and earlier this year she was a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search for her project on how cement could prevent underwater oil rigs from rupturing.
Augusta credits her success to her persistence and her tenacity. Her research advisor, Michelle Flattery agrees and has observed this drive. “She know that you have to ‘work for it’. Is she naturally talented? Yes. But she definitely pursues excellence.”
Elmont High School appears to be a production house for genius teenagers, where former student Harold Ekelh was also accepted into all Ivy Schools – he chose Yale.
Augusta Uwamanzu-Nna’s success makes her a role model for young people as well as, women, people of colour and people from culturally diverse backgrounds and migrant families.
She has a bright future ahead of her, starting with her first day at college come September.