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Valedictorian Arianna Alexander awarded $3,000,000 in scholarships

Kenwood Academy High School valedictorian Arianna Alexander was accepted into 26 colleges and awarded over $3,000,000 in scholarship money.

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Arianna Alexander was accepted into 26 colleges – including six Ivy League universities – and was awarded a combined total of more than $3 million in scholarships, ABC’s Chicago station WLS reported.

Arianna graduated as valedictorian of her class at Kenwood Academy High School in Chicago, Illinois, and earned a 5.1 grade point average on a 4.0 scale.

After looking at various colleges the Chicago graduate will attend the University of Pennsylvania starting this fall.  This is the same school that Brittney Exline attended back in 2007.  At the age of 15 years old Brittney became the youngest African American female accepted into an Ivy League school.  I blogged about Brittney back in 2007 and 2009.

Congrats to Arianna!!

An update on Brittney Exline

Back in 2007 I blogged about then fifteen year old Brittney Exline from Colorado.  Brittney became the youngest African American female to be accepted into an Ivy League college.  In the fall of 2007 she started her freshman year at the University of Pennsylvania. Well today I received a link to a news article from one of her relatives which gives an update on Brittney who’s now a grown seventeen years old and just completed her second year at UPenn.

Young Ivy Leaguer

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17-year-old college junior in fast lane

SUE McMILLIN
THE GAZETTE

Brittney Exline doesn’t stand out so much in the crowd anymore.

At 17, she easily passes for a college student.

That wasn’t the case when she was an 11-year-old high school student or a 16-year-old on Wall Street.

But Brittney, now a college junior, shrugs off the contrast. She accepts her life as it comes to her, even if it has been fast-paced.

“I don’t think of myself as extraordinary,” she said. “Then I think about the average junior in high school, which is what I would be, and that doesn’t fit. But I don’t think about it much. I’m just living my life.”

Most of her friends have been three or four years older since she was 6 and started her accelerated path through school.

She was in middle school at age 8 and doing high school math. She was 11 when she entered Palmer High School, and she graduated at age 15 with an International Baccalaureate diploma. She just finished her second year at the University of Pennsylvania and leaves Colorado Springs for Cameroon to help deliver laptop computers and train youngsters and their teachers to use them.

The article also mentions her internship at a small hedge fund last summer and how the opportunity came about for her to go to Cameroon this summer.

The opportunity to go to Cameroon to work with One Laptop Per Child came in mid-April. Three Penn students had applied for a grant to deliver laptops to some villages near Buea, but then the tech guy couldn’t go. The others asked Brittney to step in.

Her background is mostly in software engineering, so she’s learning about hardware. She’ll help set up routers and networks and in some cases generators so the laptop batteries can be charged.

Along with ensuring everything works, she’ll help the team teach children ages 6 to 12 and their teachers how to get the most out of their computers.

“I’m really excited about the experience of being in another country,” she said. “I’ve never been abroad.”

You can check out the entire article here.  Brittney, good luck on your trip to Cameroon.

I also want to thank her relative for sending me the news link. I know you’re very proud of Brittney.

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