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Austin High School Student Accepted Into an Ivy League School

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Abigail Calva recently beat the odds and made HISD history by being the first student accepted into an Ivy League school from Austin High School in 33 years.

“I just felt relief, because all of my hard work paid off for being accepted into Cornell,” Calva told Click2Houston. She will attend Cornell University as a first generation college student with the ambition to become an architect.

Her father didn’t finish high school, but she says her family has been very supportive of her dream. Austin High School counselor Victoria Salinas told the news, “Instead of telling her, ‘Oh we’re poor. We’re from Mexico. I don’t speak English,’ her dad never made excuses.”

According to data on PrepScholar.com, Cornell University only offers 16 percent of their applicants entrance into the Ivy League school, making it “extremely selective.” If a student doesn’t have their minimum SAT/ACT and GPA requirements, their odds of getting in become nearly impossible.

“To have the best shot of getting in, you should aim for the 75th percentile, with a 2270 SAT or a 34 ACT. You should also have a 4.01 GPA or higher. If your GPA is lower than this, you need to compensate with a higher SAT/ACT score,” says PrepScholar. Obviously, Calva had to be an incredibly special student.