High school seniors have had it rough thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, which has slashed any plans for graduations, proms and senior festivities at schools across the country.
But Roberta Hannah, a senior at Springfield High School of Science and Technology in Massachusetts, received some good news amid the coronavirus crisis.
The stellar student managed to get into all eight Ivy League schools and told local news outlet WHSM that she decided on Columbia University.
“Originally, I was only going to apply to three, but then my mom and my sister were like, ‘You should just apply to all eight,’ so I didn’t really have a choice. I was really anxious getting up to the day, and then I started opening the letters, and I was like 'Oh, I keep seeing yes,’” Hannah said.
She got acceptance letters from four schools earlier this year, and by March 26, the number increased to all eight schools.
Hannah told WHSM that she wants to focus her efforts on biochemistry and African American studies once she gets to Columbia University in the fall.
The all-star student attributed her success to her sister and her mother, who did not go to college but pushed her to excel in school.
“Last year, I took four AP classes, but up until then, I was mostly in honors classes or pre-AP, and so last year, I took four AP classes, and this year I’m taking seven AP exams," Hannah said.
"So my goal is to be a medicinal chemist, but with making medicine and kind of the one researching it. I want my focus to be on increasing accessibility and making the medicine more affordable. I think because of the fact my mom didn’t go to college, she always pushed us a little extra hard,” she added.
In addition to her studies, Hannah is also a star athlete. She said her mother insisted that she push herself to get into as many schools as possible.
“I just knew because it is my child, and I know her gifts, and I basically made her apply to all the schools,” said Valerie Williams, Hannah’s mom.
Here are some other teens who took to social media to announce their college plans.
These teens racked up a ton of acceptances and scholarships.
20 acceptances, almost $800k in scholarships, 3 honors colleges, and 5 full rides later..i’m blessed to be attending thee Howard University on a full tuition scholarship. HU…YOU KNOW! pic.twitter.com/Mym8h87cC9
— LIV (@callmelovee) May 1, 2020
With over 15 college acceptances and over $600,000 in scholarships I’ve finally decided where I will attend.I will be continuing my education at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign! I will be majoring in Community Health on a Pre-Med track.Go fighting Illini????????. #UIUC24
— Niy???? (@callmeniyniy) May 1, 2020
Thanks to my gracious God, i’ve been blessed to receive 16 college acceptances & thousands of dollars in scholarship. after many prayers, i’ve committed to play volleyball for xavier university of louisiana! this one is 4 u grandma, i love u always. see u later, alligator #xula24
— Lana ???? (@alannaanicole) May 1, 2020
This student announced that she's on her way to The University Of Miami in the fall.
after 4 years of hard work, i was able to attain 19 college acceptances to schools such as, University of Michigan, Penn State, Spelman and DePaul, and over $600,000 in merit scholarships!! but now, proud to say i am officially a cane! (tuition free!) #DecisionDay2020
— pay (@payh28) May 1, 2020
This athlete also had some impressive school stats as well.
Non Athletic Stats:
National Honors Graduate
3.92 Weighted 3.4 Unweighted
A/B Honor Roll
106 Hours of Community Service
BIG Brother LIFE Orlando Mentor
Junior Achievement Magnet
Aerospace and Engineering Magnet
20 College Acceptances #BiggerThanBasketball
— Gena Evans (@GenaEvans77) May 6, 2020
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35+ college acceptances & multiple full rides, with upwards of $700,000 total in scholarships. Pursuing a career in computer science & engineering. I will be attending Howard University on a full ride❤️????! Go Bison! #HU24
— Reese (@reeseparker10) May 2, 2020
43 College Acceptances, Over 300,000 in Scholarships, 4 Full Rides, 4.0 GPA. I have chosen to attend Clark Atlanta University and Plan on transferring to Howard University. I’m planing on Majoring in Biology on a Pre-Med Track to become a dermatologist. ❤️???? #roadtohoward24
— brianna. ♛???? (@brixtiller) May 2, 2020
I can proudly say I received 9 college acceptances! After a long decision process, I am excited to announce that I will be attending the prestigious Morehouse College in the Fall!! ????#WalkingByFaithAndNotBySight#ClassOf2020#Morehouse24#MaroonTigers
#DaHouse ???? pic.twitter.com/tOtuod9fPM
— Million II ???? (@Max2DaMill) May 2, 2020
I had over 40 acceptances and over $60,000 in scholarships. I'm leaving Milwaukee with $6,000 extra in scholarship money????
— Daelon Adaway (@_daelonnnn) May 2, 2020
Even though most graduation ceremonies are canceled, former First Lady Michelle Obama recently announced that she is teaming up with YouTube to broadcast a virtual graduation on June 6 with the help of her husband, former President Barack Obama, as Blavity previously reported.