Saturday Open Thread

I hope that you are enjoying this weekend with family and friends.

Some good news.

Quadruplets, from left, Zachary, Aaron, Nigel, and Nick Wade pose at Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, on April 5. Greg Lynch / AP

Ivy League Quads: Boys Get Accepted Into Elite Colleges
by Chandelis R. Duster and Rehema Ellis

It’s a quadruple blessing.

Four Liberty Township, Ohio brothers, Nigel, Zach, Aaron, and Nick Wade, known as the “Wade Quads” are now being called, the “Ivy League Quads” now that they have all been accepted to two top elite colleges in the country.

“I was just stunned,” Nigel said. “I was speechless because I didn’t think, I couldn’t believe that it was actually happening and I actually got in.
The 18-year-olds were in track practice the moment they received acceptance emails from Yale and Harvard University. When their parents got the word they had been accepted, they were overwhelmed.

“I was at work like always when they texted us with the news and then I was home, like, when the last one came in, you know,” said their mother Kim Wade. “And I remember I think reading that, “Oh, my goodness. All of them, you know, got in?”
There was no surprise the boys would have a bright future ahead of them. Being taught the importance of education, the boys never neglected their studies while playing sports such as football and soccer. Their father Darrin, the “Wade” of the household, hasn’t checked their grades since they were in 3rd grade. He has full confidence in his son’s abilities because of resources and support they were given along with hard work. The lowest grade the boys ever received in school was a ‘B’.

“It’s not so much about, you know, the numbers as it is, I’m going to, you know, try and actively learn this,” Aaron said. “And I feel like that’s been the goal for all of us, is to be active learners, not just, you know, grade chasers.”

The Lakota East High School seniors not only have Harvard and Yale to choose from. Nigel was accepted into John Hopkins and Vanderbilt Universities. Aaron got into Stanford along with Nick, was also accepted by Duke and Georgetown. Zach also has Cornell as an option. While they are stilling deciding on which school they will pick to begin their next chapter, the individual essays they submitted with their college applications show they are ready to be different.


Ifeoma White-Thorpe

New Jersey teen gets accepted by all 8 Ivy League schools
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By Doug Criss, CNN

Talk about an embarrassment of riches.
A New Jersey teenager has to make a decision soon most high school seniors can only dream of — deciding on which Ivy League school to attend in the fall. The problem, if you want to call it that, is that she was accepted into all of them. All eight of them.
Ifeoma White-Thorpe said she was shaking when she got the eighth acceptance letter.

“I was like, oh my gosh, oh my gosh, like this might be eight out of eight and I clicked it and it said ‘Congratulations’ and I was like oh my goodness!” White-Thorpe told CNN affiliate WABC-TV.
White-Thorpe, a senior and student government president at Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, has to choose between Harvard, Yale, Cornell, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, Dartmouth and Brown.
She wants to study biology and pursue a career in global health. Since all of the Ivy League schools “have great research facilities,” she decided to apply to them all.


Chicago student gets accepted into 23 black colleges, offered $300K in scholarships
Apr 7, 2017, 3:55 PM EST

A Chicago high school student was accepted into every one of the 24 colleges she applied to, 23 of which were historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs).

Ariyana Davis is an 18-year-old senior at Mother McAuley Liberal Arts High School. She was able to apply to dozens of schools thanks to the Common Black College Application that allows students to apply to up to 50 HBCUs for a mere $35. She also applied and got accepted to Eastern Illinois University, a predominantly white institution.

Davis told ABC News it was important for her to attend an HBCU “because they are known for producing successful black professionals.”

“It was important for me to go to an institution that feels like home,” Davis added.

When her acceptances started to trickle in, Davis said she felt “excited and overjoyed.” The second-generation college student, who was offered a total of $300,000 in financial aid from all the schools, added that she felt “really grateful.”

Davis credits her high school for preparing her for the opportunity. The school also offered college preparatory courses during lunch to help students like her.

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9 Responses to Saturday Open Thread

  1. vitaminlover says:

    About those lovely young people, great minds think alike.

  2. rikyrah says:

    Dr. Dao is not only an MD. He was a famous singer/songwriter in pre-1975Vietnam.

    Nice try at character assassination Mayo Nation.

  3. Trump supporters clash with TaxMarch in Berkeley

  4. Liza says:

    Trump Is Now Threatening to Sabotage Millions of Insurance Plans
    Nice health plan you’ve got. Be a shame if something happened to it.
    PATRICK CALDWELL APR. 13, 2017 6:12 PM

    President Donald Trump is now threatening to wipe out health insurance for millions of people in order to make a political statement. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal Wednesday, Trump suggested that unless Democrats agree to his plans to dismantle Obamacare, he might use his executive authority to intentionally trigger a death spiral for the individual insurance markets.

    Specifically, Trump threatened to stop making payments to insurance companies to reimburse them for subsidies that help offset the costs of deductibles and copayments for low-income people. Those subsidies are mandated by Obamacare; if the feds stopped reimbursing insurers for this expense, they would likely abandon the individual markets and leave millions without coverage.

    Obamacare includes a host of mechanisms to make buying insurance easier and more affordable for people who don’t receive coverage through their employer and have to buy it on the individual market. The law primarily does this by offering subsidies—varying by income—to offset the costs of premiums for people who earn up to 400 percent of the poverty level. But the law was also designed to provide $7 billion per year in “cost sharing reduction” payments to insurance companies so that people below 250 percent of the poverty line would have lower deductibles and copayments.

    These payments were explicitly included in the health care law, but through the convoluted quirks of legislative procedure, Republicans have alleged that Congress technically didn’t “appropriate” money for the program. The Obama administration went ahead and started making the payments anyway, and in 2014 House Republicans sued the White House, saying that the administration shouldn’t be able to spend that money. A federal district judge sided with Republican last year, and the Obama administration appealed.

  5. Julia Vazquez says:

    It’s so nice to hear such great news rather than n always bad.
    Congratulations to the young men and the young lady.
    You have a great future ahead of you. It’s not going to be easy but remain focused, and all of your hard work will come to its fruition.

  6. rikyrah says:

    Good Morning, Everyone😄😄😄

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