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A look at some of the inspiring headlines from around the region this week.

Kwasi Enin has his pick of the litter of some of the nation's top schools.
Kwasi Enin has his pick of the litter of some of the nation's top schools.
Here are some of the inspiring stories of the week, where community members sought to help others, or made headlines for their achievements. 

Long Island Teen Accepted to All 8 Ivy League Schools

Harvard. Yale. Columbia. Princeton. Brown. Dartmouth. Cornell. The University of Pennsylvania. Those eight Ivy League schools, with their minuscule acceptance rates, often represent just a dream for thousands of high school seniors each year. 

But for Long Island teen Kwasi Enin, the dream has come true, times eight. The 17-year-old William Floyd High School senior has been accepted into every Ivy League school in the country. 

“By applying to all eight, I figured it would better the chances of getting into one,” Kwasi, of Shirley, told the New York Daily News. 

Southampton Hospital Orderly Wins $20 Million Mega Millions

When a 48-year-old Southampton Hospital orderly stopped by a Shirley convenience store called JackSpot! Wednesday to check his MegaMillions lottery tickets, as is his custom, he got the surprise of his life: He'd won. To the tune of $20 million. 

Identified only as Cameron, the winning player thought the machine must be broken, according to CBS Local. JackSpot! cashier Laura Marckesano said that the man couldn't grok that he'd won. 

"He's not catching what I'm saying," said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twice. "So I smacked his shoulder -- 'You won $20 million dollars!' That kind of woke him up."

When a 48-year-old Southampton Hospital orderly stopped by a Shirley convenience store called JackSpot! Wednesday to check his MegaMillions lottery tickets, as is his custom, he got the surprise of his life: He'd won. To the tune of $20 million. 

Identified only as Cameron, the winning player thought the machine must be broken, according to CBS Local. JackSpot! cashier Laura Marckesano said that the man couldn't grok that he'd won. 

"He's not catching what I'm saying," said Marckesano, who scanned the ticket twice. "So I smacked his shoulder -- 'You won $20 million dollars!' That kind of woke him up."

Light Cedarhurst Up Blue

Mayor Andrew J. Parise and the Board of Trustees along with Nicole Miller Special Education / ABA, Lori Sachs Speech & Language and the students from room 350 of Lawrence Middle School joined the "Light it up Blue" campaign on April 2—World Autism Day—to raise awareness about the neurological disorder that affects one in 88 U.S. children, by placing over 150 blue bows throughout the village.

Supporting Charity in a Colorful Way at Academy Elementary

Students and staff members at Bayport's Academy Elementary School donned colorful mismatched socks in honor of World Down Syndrome Awareness Day to show their support for those with Down syndrome. 

The mismatched footwear was a symbol that even though people are different, they should be accepted and their differenced celebrated because they are still people.

Additionally, the school collected more than $200 in donations for the Association for Children with Down Syndrome in Plainview. Those who donated were entered into a raffle drawing to win a basket full of colorful socks, which was won by teacher Nicole Greco.

National Medalists in Scholastic Arts and Writing Awards

Long Beach High School students Morgan Harrington and Max Tunney were named national medalists in the 2014 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition. Students also won 26 regional awards in poetry, humor and flash fiction.

Morgan, a sophomore, received a gold medal for her poetry collection. She created her collection in her Talented Writers class, taught by Rachell Koegel. Max, also a sophomore, received a silver medal for a drawing titled “Manhattan Medley.” He completed his winning entry during his Studio in Drawing class, taught by Ann Marie Pulice.


MK Smith April 06, 2014 at 09:17 AM
If Obozo had a son, it definitely would NOT be this guy. He prefers underachievers on the dole.

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