16-year-old Ayrton Little gets into Harvard; brother gets into Stanford

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Contrary to the literal definition of their surnames, the Little brothers have accomplished a gigantic and momentous scholastic feat.

Ayrton Little went completely crazy with joy when he found out that he was accepted into Harvard University as a 16-year-old student.

Not to be outdone, Little’s younger brother, Alex Little, found out on Friday that he was accepted into Stanford University, one of the elite post secondary institutions in the country and considered the “Ivy League” school of the West. Both Stanford and Harvard are perennially ranked by U.S. News & World Report at or near the very top of U.S. colleges and universities. 

Little, a TM Landry College Prep senior, videotaped himself as he was surrounded by his anxious classmates and family. And he went online to check his status at Harvard. Once he saw he’d been admitted, he jumped out of his chair and almost levitated right off the ground. The entire room of high school students burst like fireworks from the dizzying delirium. His classmates pulled and tugged and hugged Little as if he’d just scored the winning touchdown to capture the state championship (see below). The video of the frantic and frenzied celebration has gone viral. 

And, as they used to say in the hip hop world, TM Landry College Prep is “not knew to this; they are true to this.” This is the third consecutive year a student from Little’s school has been accepted to the Ivy League, which is why they were chanting “three-peat” with unabashed abandon in the video.

A native of Opelousas, Louisiana (about an hour west of Baton Rouge; two hours-plus northwest of New Orleans), Little shared their reaction on Twitter Tuesday.

“Harvard has always been my dream school,” Little told the HuffPost

Little said the first thing that popped into his head after he’d been accepted is that his “life had been changed forever.” He said he was overjoyed that his mom and brother were proud. 

It still haven’t been calm since my brother’s acceptance Friday, but my brother and I realized that we have done the impossible,” Little said. “Many of my classmates are also getting their decisions this week. I honestly don’t know when the excitement will die down at this point.”

Little said he plans to study math and computer science. Upon graduation, he said he wants to “find a job on Wall Street with the intention of opening a nonprofit to help children from my community get to the position that I’m currently in.”

Check out the extremely heartwarming reaction to Little finding out he was accepted to his dream school of Harvard University on Twitter and YouTube. You won’t be able to resist smiling:

Source: YouTube

Terry Shropshire
Terry Shropshire

A military veteran and Buckeye State native, I've written for the likes of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Atlanta Business Chronicle and the Detroit Free Press. I'm a lover of words, photography, books, travel, animals and The Ohio State Buckeyes. #GoBucks

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