Thursday, May 1, 2014

HS scholastic star picks Yale in LeBron-like press conference (VIDEO)

Whether it's a football star picking up a college baseball cap at the Under Armour All-American Game or Lebron James dissing Cleveland on national television, sports fans have been watching the country's top athletes hold some sort of press conference to announce where they will be playing their respective sports.

That math wunderkind going to MIT — not so much.

Now the Long Island scholastic star — who was amazingly accepted into all eight Ivy League schools — has taken a public relations event usually reserved for the sports world and brought it into an academic setting.

Kwasi Enin made the eagerly awaited announcement revealing that he's going to Yale University during a press conference at William Floyd High School in front of a large contingent of media Wednesday afternoon. 

Enin, who was surrounded by family, friends and the teachers who helped him achieve his astounding success, looked like a blue chip sports star when he made the announcement.

“I'm excited and proud to announce that this fall I will become a member of the Yale class of 2018,” he said to cheers from teachers and students present at the high school gym.

He said a visit to the campus helped him make up his mind.

“My Bull Dog Days experience last week was incredible. 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,” he said.

He said financial aid was a very important factor for him — and that all schools offered the same package.

Enin became a national sensation when his rarely accomplished feat was revealed, and said he decided to announce his decision at a press conference so he could move past the attention and focus on his studies for the rest of the year.

The first generation American son of Ghanaian parents has a straight-A average, scored in the 99th percentile on the SAT, and aced 11 advanced placement classes.

He's also a shot putter, viola player and a cappella singer who volunteers in Stony Brook University Hospital's radiology department, and is adored by his teachers and classmates as being a great person.

The humble Enin has said he was just hedging his bets when he applied to each of the Ivies — Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale.

"By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one," he said.

Enin's feat is especially impressive given that Ivy League schools accepted less than 9% of all applicants for the class of 2018, ranging from 5.9% at Harvard to 14% at Cornell.

Something tells me we'll be hearing more of this young man in the future.

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