The other question is why?
Not why did Sam Saba get into Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Brown, Columbia and the University of Pennsylvania. That's clearly well-deserved.
But why would a Utica Community Schools smartie over-spend his parents' application fee money to cover all but two Ivy League campuses? And now that we think of it, why does he dislike Dartmouth and Cornell?
That's just sideline curiosity about an admirable teen scholar's amazing achievement. All that matters is that Saba begins classes Sept. 3 at Harvard on a scholarship, majoring in Middle Eastern and global studies.
"The idea of college being so important has always been instilled in me" by parents and teachers, he says in a district post. "I always believed I could do it and should try." Saba has attended Utica public schools, which says it's the second-largest Michigan district, since elementary grades.
The National Honor Society member graduated this month with an International Baccalaureate diploma from Utica Academy for International Studies, where he was senior class valedictorian. Scholarship offers totaling $2.2 million accompanied the half-dozen Ivy League admission letters, the district says.
His career interest in conflict resolution and humanitarian efforts was formed by both his cultural background and his study of the Israeli-Arab conflict as part of his extended essay, an International Baccalaureate graduation requirement.
-- Alan Stamm