Story at a glance

  • A senior at Santa Ana High School in Southern California was accepted into four Ivy League colleges.
  • Stephany Gutierrez was accepted into Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth, and Harvard.
  • Gutierrez is the daughter of undocumented immigrants from Mexico.

High school student Stephany Gutierrez captured on video the heartwarming moment she found out she had gotten accepted into four Ivy League colleges.

A senior at Santa Ana High School in Southern California, Gutierrez learned of her acceptances on April 7. “I got in!” she exclaimed excitedly alongside her ecstatic family.


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Guiterrez, the Mexican American daughter of undocumented immigrants from Mexico, was accepted into Columbia, Brown, Dartmouth and Harvard. She has ultimately decided to attend Harvard, where she will study to become a lawyer.

“It was a moment of both disbelief and excitement as I opened up acceptance after acceptance,” Gutierrez told Storyful. “I am Mexican American; both my parents are from Guerrero, Mexico. We are a family of five. I have an older brother currently enrolled in college and a younger sister in middle school. In the future, I hope to obtain my JD degree and become a pro-bono attorney serving my community.”


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Published on Apr 21, 2021