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Ohio quadruplets all accepted into Ivy League colleges

The Wade brothers of Lakota East High School in Liberty Township, Ohio, are somewhat of a Fantastic Four.

The quadruplet seniors earned the nickname by accomplishing an amazing feat. All four just learned they have been accepted at top Ivy League universities of Yale, Harvard and others.

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The Wades -- Aaron, Zachary, Nigel and Nick -- are drawing national media attention for their achievement. They were profiled in the Washington Post and spent most of Wednesday afternoon being followed by a national TV network news crew during their classes.

“I have had the honor of knowing these boys since they were young because of knowing their mom and dad,” said Lakota East High School Principal Suzanna Davis. “I have watched these boys grow up into young men … and as students, they epitomize what we would want from high school students.

“They are the epitome of academic focus but well-rounded in every way we would want a child to be well-rounded, but each one of them is so very distinct from one another. Their individual personalities are what truly set them apart as high school students and as great young men.” 

The four are uniformly good natured, so much so that their version of an argument is to disagree over which sibling is the smartest.

“Aaron is brilliant,” said Nick Wade.

“No, no,” said Aaron Wade. “You’re the guy who got a state department scholarship to study Arabic.”

What they do all agree on is crediting their parents and teachers for helping to earn such an exciting opportunity.

“We’re grateful to our parents and the Lakota school district because it’s really something we couldn’t have done on our own without all the support we have had through our lives. It has been awesome,” said Nick Wade, who along with Nigel and Zachary Wade, is leaning toward attending Yale.

Aaron Wade, however, currently has Stanford University as his leading choice.

“It’s really our parents our friends and our community who have come together and taught us how to be disciplined. We feel like getting into these schools show who the people around us are,” said Nigel Wade.

Zachary Wade nodded in agreement and said, “There has never been a time in our life whenever we said something (career goals), and they said, ‘Oh, that’s a big goal.’”

“They said, ‘I know you guys can do it. You guys are hard workers, and the sky’s the limit,’” said Zachary Wade. “We were never told that we couldn’t get somewhere.”

Nigel Wade said while they were all surprised by college acceptances, another bonus has been “we’ve all, kind of, grew closer to each other.”

Watch video of the brothers discussing their accomplishment at Journal-News.

Oklahoma senior accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools

Sarah Cameron boasts a long list of extracurricular activities, including academic clubs and an impressive tennis career. Now she can brag about her eight college acceptance letters, all to Ivy League schools.

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The Jenks, Oklahoma, teen joins a short list of teens who accomplished the feat- including fellow class of 2017 senior Ifeoma White-Thorpe from New Jersey.

Cameron first received her acceptance letter from Yale. Seven more letters arrived on March 30, informing Cameron that she had been accepted.

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In just under a week, she narrowed down her choices to Yale, Princeton and Harvard.

Further exploring her options, Cameron plans to visit the schools in a few weeks before making her choice, saying that being born and raised in Jenks, she was excited to explore a new part of the country and bring Oklahoma pride to the northeast. 

Student journalists’ probe into new principal’s credentials leads to resignation

A group of high school journalists in Kansas forced their school’s new principal to resign after their investigation into her background found problems with her credentials.

Reporters and editors at Pittsburg High School’s student newspaper, the Booster Redux, began looking into Amy Robertson’s background after Pittsburg Community Schools’ board hired her on March 6. Pittsburg is located in southeast Kansas, about 125 miles south of Kansas City, Missouri. 

At the time of her hiring, the school district said that Robertson would bring “decades of experience” to the position, which she was scheduled to start this fall. 

Students told the Washington Post that discrepancies quickly showed up when they began looking into Robertson’s credentials. 

“There were some things that just didn’t quite add up,” Connor Balthazor, 17, told the Post

One of the biggest red flags was Corllins University, the private university where Robertson claimed she received her master’s degree and doctorate. When the student reporters researched Corllins, the university’s website didn’t work.

They also found no evidence that Corllins was an accredited school, the Post reported

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The students, five juniors and a senior, also located a number of media reports that revealed Corllins to be a “diploma mill,” where a person can ultimately buy a degree. The school is not accredited by the U.S. Department of Education and an inquiry with the Better Business Bureau revealed that the school, address unknown, was not BBB accredited. 

The Kansas City Star reported that students searching for Robertson online also found stories published by Gulf News about Robertson and an English language school in Dubai, where she lived for about two decades. The articles, published in 2012, stated that Dubai education officials suspended the license of that school and accused Robertson of not being authorized to serve as its principal. 

The school was shut down in 2013 after years of unsatisfactory ratings by officials, the Star reported.

“That raised a red flag,” student Maddie Baden, 17, told the Star. “If students could uncover all of this, I want to know why the adults couldn’t find this.”

Robertson refused to comment on the students’ questions about her qualifications. 

“I have no comment in response to the questions posted by PHS students regarding my credentials because their concerns are not based on facts,” Robertson told the Star

She told the Star and the Booster Redux that Corllins’ current accreditation status was irrelevant because the school had no accreditation issues when she received her advanced degrees in 1994 and 2010. 

“All three of my degrees have been authenticated by the U.S. government,” Robertson told the Star via email on Friday. 

The Post reported, however, that Robertson, during an emergency faculty meeting on Tuesday, was unable to produce a transcript confirming her undergraduate degree from the University of Tulsa.

Robertson resigned that day. 

The school district announced the resignation in a statement posted on the district website. 

“In light of the issues that arose, Dr. Robertson felt it was in the best interest of the district to resign her position,” the statement read. “The board has agreed to accept her resignation.”

The principal position will be reopened and a replacement found. 

The student reporters’ work has brought them national attention, and kudos from people across the country.

Emily Smith, the students’ newspaper advisor, told the Post that the newspaper staff was “at a loss that something that was so easy for them to see was waiting to be noticed by adults.”

Pittsburg schools Superintendent Destry Brown told the Star he was surprised when the students questioned Robertson’s credentials, but that he encouraged them to seek the truth. 

“I want our kids to have real-life experiences, whether it’s welding or journalism,” Brown told the newspaper. 

Smith said she was proud of her students. 

“They were not out to get anyone to resign or to get anyone fired,” Smith said. “They worked very hard to uncover the truth.”

New Jersey teen accepted into all 8 Ivy League schools

It’s good to be Ifeoma White-Thorpe.

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The Denville, New Jersey, high school senior has been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools plus Stanford.

“Harvard, Yale, Columbia, UPenn, Brown, Cornell, Dartmouth, Princeton and Stanford,” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.

“I was like, I might as well shoot my shot and apply,” White-Thorpe said.

She told WABC-TV now that she’s been accepted into her dream colleges, the hard part is going to be deciding which one to attend when she graduates in June.

“I got into Harvard early action so I figured I’ll just go there. Then I got into all the others, and I was like, wait now I don’t know where I want to go,” White-Thorpe told WABC-TV.

White-Thorpe enrolled in Advanced Placement classes at Morris Hills High School, where she is the student government president.

“I think my love for poetry and writing just really stood out,” she told WABC-TV.

White-Thorpe wants to study biology and go into the global health business.

“Education is essential for change, and I aspire to be that change,” she said earlier in her high school career

The 17-year-old’s parents said they’ll let her decide which school she wants to attend, and White-Thorpe said she’ll make her decision based on financial aid offerings. 

Police: Day care employee had .37 BAC

An Iowa woman in charge of student safety and welfare at a day care facility has been charged with child endangerment after police said she registered a .37 blood alcohol level.

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Angela Annette Hircock, 43, worked for Lil Scholars Too Day Care Center, according to KCCI. Fellow day care employees called police on March 23 after observing Hircock exhibiting suspicious behavior that led them to believe she was intoxicated. Hircock countered that her condition might be related to her diabetes.

But police said that Hircock had a .37 BAC, which is more than four times the legal limit for driving in Iowa. Police said in their report that Hircock had a water bottle that was allegedly filled with alcohol, and had been intoxicated throughout the day.

Hircock was arrested and charged with child endangerment and intoxication. 

5-year-old suspended for playing with stick that resembled gun

A mother is angry after her 5-year-old daughter was suspended from school for playing with a stick that was shaped like a gun.

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Caitlin Miller, 5, was suspended from her Hoke County, North Carolina, school for playing one of her favorite games with her two best friends.

“Chloe was the queen, and Jacqueline was the princess. I was the guard,” Caitlin told WTVD.

Caitlin found a stick on the playground that resembled a gun and pretended to shoot an intruder.

Caitlin was suspended for one day after Hoke County Schools said she posed a threat to other students. 

“Hoke County Schools will not tolerate assaults, threats or harassment from any student. Any student engaging in such behavior will be removed from the classroom or school environment for as long as is necessary to provide a safe and orderly environment for learning,” the school system said.

Caitlin’s mother, Brandy Miller, was upset and said it was difficult to explain the reason for the suspension to her daughter.

“We know why it’s bad. We watch the news, but then I have to tell my kid, ‘You’re not allowed to play like that in school because people do bad things to kids your age,’” Miller told WTVD.

Hoke Country Schools stands by its decision.

By Wednesday afternoon, nearly 500 people had voted in a WTVD poll, saying Caitlin’s suspension wasn’t necessary. Five percent of voters said a 5-year-old girl should be suspended for playing with ‘stick gun.’ 

Miller said she wants the school to apologize to her daughter.

See more at WTVD.

Florida high school apologizes for 'good girl' prom dress flyers

School officials have apologized after flyers of prom dress guidelines posted at a Florida high school sparked a social media outcry.

The flyers were put up in the hallways of Stanton College Prep High School in Jacksonville by administrators.

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Photos of girls wearing dresses considered acceptable were labeled "good girls."

Photos of dresses without backs or with slits read: "Going to Stanton Prom? No, you're not."

The student body responded with #scpgoodgirl and the flyers were taken down, but not before many people took to social media to speak out against them.

The school district said on Twitter Tuesday that the displays were not appropriate.

Professor asks students to write 9/11 essay from terrorists' perspective, sparking outrage

An international studies course assignment at Iowa State University asking students to explore 9/11 and al-Qaida’s understanding of it is eliciting a strong reaction on social media.

Although the assignment says in its description that the exercise is not about “agree[ing] with the terrorists” but about “consider[ing] completely different perspectives,” it is nonetheless being interpreted differently.

For example, Fox News says in the opening of its story: “9/11 was bad. But let’s pretend it wasn’t. That’s the challenge some International Studies students at Iowa State University faced.”

The story was first reported by the College Fix. Here is a transcript of lecturer James Strohman’s assignment for college students:

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"Let’s focus on the 911 terrorist attacked and how it might be interpreted differently by different people around the world. For this exercise, you have to 'get out of the box' of our thinking about what happened on 911 and view it from a completely different perspective. While this may seem difficult to do, it is merely an exercise in how different people, cultures, and historical perspectives may actually be.

"Write a paper that gives a historical account of 911 from the perspective of the terrorist network. In other words, how might Al-Qaeda or a non-Western historian describe what happened. Use your imagination and make it as interesting as you like. There is no correct answer here, just your ability to look at what we consider a heinous action from other perspectives. Don’t worry about the fact you don’t agree with the terrorists, the point of the exercise is to consider completely different perspectives."

Iowa State University’s director of communications Rob Schweers responded to the outrage in an email to The College Fix.

“As you can see, the assignment was in no way an attempt to diminish the tragic events of September 11, 2001. Nor was it designed to support the goals of Al-Qaeda and other terrorist organizations,” he said, calling the assignment an exercise in critical thinking. “This is similar to the vital work being performed in our nation’s diplomatic and intelligence operations, such as the Central Intelligence Agency, or the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research.”

The story includes the detail that Strohman did not respond for comment.

Class assignment leads 8-year-old to become bestselling author

What started off as a school assignment led one 8-year-old girl to land on Amazon’s Best Seller list.

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Nia Mya Reese is a student in Hoover, Alabama. She has an “annoying” little brother who constantly keeps her on her toes.

“He won’t always listen,” Nia told CBS News.

Nia Mya wrote a book about her experiences as a big sister titled, “How to Deal With and Care For Your Annoying Little Brother.” The book has since landed at the top of Amazon’s Best Seller list for parenting under the sibling relationships subsection.

The book began as a first-grade class assignment last year.

“Nia Mya shared that she was a great big sister to an annoying little brother,” teacher Beth Hankins told CBS News.

Nia Mya’s mom, Cherinita, turned the book into a summer assignment, encouraging Nia Mya to work on getting the words and sentences just right.

Now, Nia Mya has a fan base and attends book signing for her book. She said she learned something very valuable from the whole experience.

“I learned to follow my own dreams,” she said. 

Teacher accused of improper relationship smiled because she is innocent, lawyer says

Why did a Texas teacher accused of having an improper relationship with a student smile in her mugshot? Her lawyer has offered an explanation.

According to Dallas-Fort Worth's KXAS, Jason Nassour, attorney for Lockhart High School anatomy teacher Sarah Fowlkes, said she was grinning because she's innocent.

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"This isn't a guilty person sitting there like they just got caught," Nassour told KXAS. "When everything's fleshed out, it won't be as it appears."

Lockhart police began investigating the incident March 10 after a school administrator reported that "an educator at the school may be having an inappropriate relationship with a currently enrolled student," according to the arrest affidavit. A 17-year-old student claimed that Fowlkes, 27, touched his genitals and that he "made contact with the defendant's breasts," the affidavit said.

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Fowlkes was arrested on a charge of "improper relationship between educator and student," police said. The school district also suspended Fowlkes, The Austin American-Statesman reported.

"Lockhart parents entrust their children to us every day, and it is something we do not take lightly," Lockhart Superintendent Susan Bohn said in a statement, the American-Statesman reported. "The district does not and will not tolerate any improper communication or contact between a teacher and child."

Bohn also alerted parents about the arrest and suspension in an email, the American-Statesman reported.

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Nassour told KXAS that Fowlkes "was arrested on the statement of a 17-year-old kid with no corroborating evidence."

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According to the American-Statesman, Fowlkes, who taught anatomy and physiology and environmental systems at Lockhart High, previously taught science and social studies at Plum Creek Elementary School. The Houston Chronicle, citing Fowlkes' social media accounts, reported that she has been married since 2013.

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