Top colleges in the US want Jamaican brainiac!

It’s no secret that Jamaicans can be top achievers once they set their minds on achieving a goal.

17 year old Tchakamau Mahakoe will now have to decide which school (some of them ivy league) to attend after being accepted by eleven colleges in the United States.

She passed 16 subjects, with 15 at grade one and one at grade two in 2012.

According to a report by the Observer:

  

TCHAKAMAU, the ambitious and brilliant schoolgirl the Jamaica Observer featured two years ago along with her brother for their academic achievements, has been accepted into 11 American universities, nine of which have offered her scholarships.

Her mother Kamau Mahakoe shared the news with the Observer yesterday, noting that she was proud of her daughter’s achievement.

“Clearly, l’m ecstatic. I feel really good for her because she has been focused from the start,” Kamau said of her 17-year-old daughter, who had been home-schooled before moving on to Immaculate Conception High School in St Andrew, and then the Hillel Academy on a scholarship.

“She has never lost sight of her goals… you don’t have to push her… she uses her initiative,” Kamau added. “I’m happy for her. Really happy.”

Tchakamau Mahakoe Jamaican genius scholarships from US collegesAmong the 11 institutions in the US that have accepted the teen’s applications are Princeton, Duke, Yale, and Stanford universities and the University of Chicago.

The teen is still not clear on which she will be attending come August/September to pursue double majors in physics and biology. She wants to become an astronaut, her mother said.

Asked how she felt about being accepted by 11 universities, Tchakamau responded: “I was just thinking that it’s a really good thing that I got accepted by so many. I’m pretty proud, because I got into my top choice, University of Chicago.” ( Image: Tchakamau Mahakoe is still not settled on which of the US universities she will attend. (OBSERVER FILE PHOTO)

  

Tchakamau and her brother Kuti have performed brilliantly in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams and CXCs.

Kuti entered Jamaica College at Grade 9 at the young age of 12 in 2011, with six CSECs.

Kuti is now in fifth form and is toying with the idea of entering politics or becoming a scientist.

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Evon Bennett
8 years ago

These are the wonderful news we want to hear about a country with the most controversial people in the world, let them stop in their shoes and wonder, where in Africa did these people come from that they are so great all over the world, and maybe Jamaicans all over might come to realize how great we are and stop fighting each other.

Adyntons Child
7 years ago

I agree with you Evon – controversial is the word; so much good juxtaposed with so much bad!. I have often believed that those who killed without flinching – especially when they stab and chop- would become good surgeons. If only they could see the use of that ability.

Freddie Ranger
7 years ago

job well do detective,kep up the good work sir

Mygrandmotherlovesme Talbot

I am so proud of your daughters accomplishments…..university of Chicago is an excellent school…..

Jasmine Gordon
7 years ago

I am very proud to be Jamaican

Cynthia Willis
7 years ago

Congrats! These are all great schools and the good Lord will continue to guide you to make that choice.

Hilda West
7 years ago

Proud of u my yardie keep up the good job .

Elaine Peters
7 years ago

Proud to be a jamaica, ppl have so much bad concept of our island that they over look the good that comes from there. These are the news that makes me proud to be a jamaican

Sonia Smith
7 years ago

Congrats my dear,the sky is the limit..

Robert Powell
7 years ago

Cynthia Wells no where in the article did I see she or her mother mentioned any “lord” So, I ask how do you come to that conclusion? And I reread it just to be sure.

Juliet Bonny
7 years ago

awesome, good girl

Mygrandmotherlovesme Talbot

I am so proud of your daughters accomplishments…..university of Chicago is an excellent school…..

Evon Bennett
7 years ago

These are the wonderful news we want to hear about a country with the most controversial people in the world, let them stop in their shoes and wonder, where in Africa did these people come from that they are so great all over the world, and maybe Jamaicans all over might come to realize how great we are and stop fighting each other.

Freddie Ranger
7 years ago

job well do detective,kep up the good work sir

Sophia Miller
7 years ago

I’m so proud of you, news like this makes my heart smile. Continue excelling & reach for the highest stars

Marva Hewitt
7 years ago

Hmmm these are the news I love to read about our youths from our beloved country, but I am sure she had devoted parents or parent who believed in her and supported her both emotional, financially and spiritually. We should as Jamaican be asking ourselves what are we doing to encourage and support one of these determined ambitious youngsters in achieving their dream. I challenge each of us to see think on this….