A New Orleans high school student who received over 115 college acceptances letters has made her choice.
Antoinette Love, a senior at International High School of New Orleans, made the decision to attend Eureka College in Illinois.
Love was surrounded by friends, family, IHSNO officials and Eureka College President Dr. Jamel Wright, who flew into New Orleans for the announcement.
Love, who plans to major in elementary education, said she chose Eureka for its strong tradition of producing some of the country’s best educators.
“With so many colleges offering me acceptances, it was a very difficult decision to make,” said Love. “After lots of prayers, talks with my family and school counselors, we decided Eureka would best put me on the path to becoming an educator.”
Love is the oldest of five children, and her parents, Anthony and Yolanda Love, say they’ve wanted the best for her since they were just teenagers when Love came into the world.
“I was nervous when her dad and I had her at the young ages of 15 and 17 and I was frightened when she was viciously attacked by a dog as a two-year-old and survived,” said Yolanda, who gave birth to her daughter six weeks prematurely.
Love only weighed 4.4 pounds when she was born.
The national spotlight has been on Love for weeks now as word of her record number of acceptances and scholarships swept the country, and her decision today ends weeks of suspense for the Love family and the inquiring national media.
“We couldn’t be happier with Antoinette’s decision to attend Eureka College and to follow in our footsteps to become a premier educator,” said Sean Wilson, head of school for IHSNO, which is a public, college preparatory International Baccalaureate high school located in the heart of downtown New Orleans.
Love, who is also a gifted painter, applied to more than 115 schools nationwide with the help of her counselor Denise James who is credited with motivating Love and 2018’s record recipient Darrin Francois.
“We’re ecstatic Antoinette chose Eureka College,” said Wright. “Our long tradition of producing some of the country’s best educators starts with students like Antoinette who have a passion for inspiring and teaching others.”