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Emmanuel Gitu: Teenager With Kenyan Roots Makes History After Being Accepted to 4 Ivy League Universities

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Emmanuel Gitu has been accepted to a total of 31 colleges, including the four Ivy League universities of Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell. Photo/CBS News.

A student of Kenyan origin at Springfield High School is making history.

He has been accepted to more Ivy League universities than any other student at the school in at least the last 15 years.

According to CBS News, Emmanuel Gitu was accepted to a total of 31 colleges, including four Ivy League universities — Harvard, Princeton, Yale and Cornell.

Emmanuel’s mother shared her pride after her son’s educational milestone.

“I’m very proud of him,” Anne Gitu his mother said.

Emmanuel says he is planning to study neuroscience at Harvard.

He hopes to uncover answers as to why people with autism and people without autism think differently.

Emmanuel is inspired to study neuroscience by his brother Ian Gitu, who has autism spectrum disorder.

“I believe if we can understand the key biological changes in the brain and physiology of people with autism spectrum disorder,”

“I think we can give them better-specialized therapy treatment,” he said.

According to teachers and staff members at his school, Emmanuel has loved learning since the first day he started school.

“Emmanuel did get into more Ivy League universities than any other student we’ve had in honestly I couldn’t say how many years it’s been but he truly has made history here at Springfield High School,” Monica Conlin, chief academic officer at Springfield High School, said.

WoK previously covered the story of Mahat Somane who impressed Kenyans at the Supreme Court.

Somane was born and raised in Garissa County.

He was born in a polygamous family and grew up in a family of 10 siblings.

Somane knew that education was the only way out of a community that was marginalised.

After his O-levels, he attended the University of Nairobi where he pursued a Bachelor of Law before joining the Kenya School of Law.

He successfully graduated with a Postgraduate Diploma in Law in 2007.

Somane joined the prestigious Harvard Kennedy School where he pursued a Master’s Degree in Public Policy.

He graduated with a second Master’s degree in Law.

Specializing in Corporate Law and Governance from the Harvard Law School in 2011.