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Sweeping up the Ivy: Another St. Paul student admitted to entire Ivy League


This really is a rare accomplishment, folks.

But just days after reports about a St. Paul high school student getting admitted to all eight Ivy League universities comes word that she's not the only one. Not even the only one in St. Paul.

According to the Star Tribune, Harding High School senior Alexander Roman has also been admitted to all eight of the prestigious, exclusive eastern schools – as well as the dozen other colleges to which he applied.

The 17-year-old tells the newspaper the excitement of his father, who immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico as a teenager, grew with each acceptance letter.

Harding High

Harding is a public school on St. Paul's east side, an area few would call the most glamorous neighborhood in Minnesota's capital city.

In an article in the East Side Review last December spotlighting Harding's track record of sending graduates to college, Roman credited a counselor – Ralph Alexander – with helping him navigate the process of applying for admission and for scholarships.

Ralph Alexander, director Harding's College and Career Center, is just as complimentary of Roman, telling the Star Tribune of the Ivy League sweep: "He's the consummate, perfect kid to have this happen to."

Children of immigrants

Getting admitted to all of the Ivy League institutions – Harvard, Yale (pictured above), Princeton, Dartmouth, Brown, Cornell, Columbia, and Penn – is rare enough to garner attention when it happens.

The news that Munira Khalif of Mounds Park Academy had been accepted to all eight universities traveled quickly. A British newspaper, the Daily Mail, featured the St. Paul student this week, along with three others from around the U.S. who also managed the Ivy sweep.

Like the Daily Mail, Business Insider highlighted the fact that all of the students in that elite quartet were the children of immigrants.

Alexander Roman had been flying below the media radar until Friday. But he, too, is an immigrant's son and he tells the Star Tribune he plans to be the first in his family to graduate from college.

He hasn't decided which one, but he's got at least 20 from which to choose.

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