Minnesota student accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools

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A Minnesota high school senior has accomplished a rare academic feat: she's been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools, as well as a few other highly acclaimed universities.

Munira Khalif, a senior at Mounds Park Academy, has not said yet which of the schools she will attend. But she called the news "a blessing from God," according to KARE 11.

"I was very surprised. The best part for me was being able to call family members on the phone and to hear their excitement," said Khalilf. "To me this news is reflective of the support and encouragement of my family, my school and my community."

The eight Ivy League schools are Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Yale University. In addition, Khalif was also accepted at Stanford, Georgetown and the University of Minnesota.

Khalif is an outstanding student on the academic side, and is also involved in several extra-curricular activities including MPA's speech team and its Social Consciousness Club.

She's also been involved in several activities designed to help improve education for children in other countries; she even founded a group called Lighting the Way, a nonprofit campaign to make education accessible for East African youth, especially girls, by focusing on scholarships, building libraries, and improving sanitation, according to FOX 9.

Officials at Mounds Park Academy say Khalif is already making a difference in communities around the world, and Randy Comfort, MPA's upper school director, said "she is ready to embrace the challenges that arise in our constantly changing world,' KARE 11 notes.

Mounds Park Academy is a private college preparatory school in St. Paul, with about 485 students enrolled in grades K-12.

Khalif said she plans to major in political science when she goes to college in the fall, but she hasn't yet chosen her destination. She said she's going to make a few more campus visits before deciding by May 1.

She is in some rare company. A high school senior from New York was accepted to all eight Ivys just last week. Harold Eke said he's leaning toward attending Yale, and his goal is to become a neurosurgeon.

Khalif spoke with Tom Crann from MPR News Wednesday afternoon. You can listen to the interview here.

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