ELMONT, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) — Eight is a lucky number for Harold Ekeh. The Salutatorian from Elmont High School on Long Island just achieved a remarkable and rare accomplishment; acceptance to all eight prestigious Ivy League schools.
As CBS2’s Chris Wragge reported, 8-years-ago the Ekeh family arrived in America from their native Nigeria.
“Absolutely shocked. It was as though I was hit repeatedly. I was stunned,” Ekeh said.
Ekeh pointed to his family’s humble beginnings, thirst for education and desire to make a meaningful mark on society as his inspiration.
“I am just thanking god for what he is doing for my family in the life of my son,” Harold’s mother Roseline said.
Roseline works in Queens for a human resources agency. His father Paul works with the NYPD’s traffic division.