Kwasi Enin, the Long Island teenager accepted to all eight Ivy League universities, decided Wednesday that he would be attending the prestigious Yale University in New Haven, Conn. The 17-year-old said his visit to the campus and their similar qualities is what prompted him to choose their school.
Kwasi Enin, who was accepted to Harvard, Yale, Brown, Columbia, the University of Pennsylvania, Dartmouth, Princeton and Cornell, announced his decision in a big way— he held a press conference in the gymnasium of his school, William Floyd High School. Enin's story has made national headlines, so he invited reporters, teachers and students to the gym to let them know why he chose Yale.
"My Bull Dog experience last week was incredible," he said of his visit to the New Haven campus. "I met geniuses from all across the world. And everyone there was so friendly and inviting. … And I believe that their deep appreciation and love for music, like I have, was very critical for me deciding to go there." more >>
A high school in Madison, Wis., is clearing the air after it was recently accused of omitting "God" from the Pledge of Allegiance, allowing students to say the word "peace" instead.
The incident began when Benji Backer, a 16-year-old self-described conservative activist from Appleton, wrote on the conservative website RedState that he had received an email from a student at a nearby school, who claimed she had witnessed students reciting an amended Pledge of Allegiance twice in one month, with one student skipping the phrase "Under God" and another replacing "God" with "peace."
The student who sent the email was Samantha Murphy, a junior at Madison East High School. According to Backer, Murphy claimed in her email that "her school began to remove 'under God' from the Pledge of Allegiance, and added that they thought they were 'above the law.' On the first day of revision, they took out the entire line 'one nation under God.' The next day, they merely skipped the words 'under God.' On the third day, Thursday March 6th, 2014, they replaced the word 'God' with 'peace.'" more >>
A second-grader's Bible was confiscated by a teacher at an elementary school in Texas during a designated "read-to-myself" time, parents of the child claim.
Parents of the second-grade girl attending Hamilton Elementary School in the Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District allege that the incident occurred two weeks ago. Their daughter brought her book of choice, the Bible, to school for a "read-to-myself" time, when students have the opportunity to read a book of their choice to themselves.
The student's second grade teacher reportedly told the young girl that she could not bring the Bible to school, going so far as to confiscate the Bible from the student. The teacher then reportedly told the second grader she could not bring the Bible back to school, flagging it as "inappropriate reading material." The parents of the young girl, who are choosing to remain anonymous to avoid retribution, contacted the Liberty Institute and the local media to share their concern. more >>
Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will deliver the keynote address at the 2014 Commencement ceremony for Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va., the school's news service announced Wednesday.
The Republican governor will make his address on May 10 at 10 a.m. on the campus's Williams Stadium. Jerry Falwell Jr., president of Liberty University, said in a statement posted by the Liberty University News Service that Jindal is a "rising star on the national political scene."
"Governor Bobby Jindal has lived the American dream, rising from humble beginnings to become one of the rising stars on the national political scene – and his rise has not yet waned. Many believe he could hold the highest office in the land someday. I believe he will be an inspiration to our graduates, not only because of his life's story, but because he shares many of the conservative and Christian values that Liberty University graduates hold dear." more >>
Students at a high school near St. Louis, Mo., reportedly arrived on campus Thursday carrying their Bibles as a form of protest after two students claimed a teacher banned them from reading the Bible while they walked down a school hallway.
The incident began when Angela English, mother of 15-year-old Kiela English, took to Facebook to express her dismay after her daughter was reportedly reprimanded by a teacher at Potosi High School for reading her Bible to herself in a school hallway. Kiela had reportedly been walking down the hallway with a friend, the two of them silently reading a Bible passage and then discussing its content with each other, when a teacher stopped them, telling them they could not be "pushing their religion" while at school.
"A teacher called them over and told them that they had to put it away – that this wasn't the place – that they can't be pushing their religion on people. They weren't pushing religion. They were just discussing it privately," English told the Daily Journal Online. more >>
The American Center for Law and Justice has successfully aided students from a New York-area high school in expressing their religious freedom through an after-school Bible study.
Concerned parents contacted the legal group after learning that the superintendent of an unnamed high school in Amsterdam, N.Y., had told a senior female student that she could not hold her student-led, after-school Bible study club without first purchasing an insurance policy to use the campus after school hours.
The superintendent made his request of the Bible study club even though other student-led clubs were not required to obtain an insurance policy. After being contacted by concerned parents and students, the ACLJ reportedly provided parents information about "relevant legal principals regarding religious clubs' access to school facilities," coming to the conclusion "that the Bible club must be given the same privileges as any other student-led club." more >>