Nigerian-American Teen Ashley Adirika Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Universities
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Nigerian-American Teen Ashley Adirika Accepted Into All 8 Ivy League Universities

Recent high school graduate Ashley Adirika has displayed the epitome of academic excellence.

The first-generation Nigerian-American is one of the few people to be accepted into all eight Ivy League universities, ABC News reports.

An Outstanding Accomplishment

According to the outlet, the chances of getting into just one of the prestigious schools is less than 10 percent. With her remarkable accomplishment, Adirika’s ultimate fate blew right past the slim margin. The moment for her was both surreal and a dream come true.

“The tears just started to come out. Like they started to flow out,” she said, per the outlet. “My siblings and I were just really excited, like screaming, jumping around. It was crazy.”

Excelling In Speech And Debate

Along with her streak of stellar grades, Adirika is known as a force when it comes to speech and debate.

“I’m someone who loves to learn new things, and so debate gave me that opportunity,” she said. “But more than anything, it just gave me the platform to talk about things that I believed in and talk about things that were important to me. And so that is something that I am just forever indebted to Carol City for introducing me to that platform.”

Starting in middle school, her skills were exemplary of what the future held in store for her.

“Everybody knew Ashley because of how smart she was,” Carol City Middle School teacher Bess Rodriguez shared. “She had test scores through the roof; she’s involved in all different activities. So I recruited her, and she had never debated before.”

What's Next For Ashley Adirika

The Miami teen is set to attend Harvard University in the fall. From her previous experience of being a leader, she aims to help make an impact on the campus. As a high schooler, Adirika started Our Story, Our Worth — her organization that works to empower marginalized young women.

Congratulations, Ashley! The sky’s the limit.