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It’s a Cornell student for New Orleans with $10 million in offers


NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A 16-year-old New Orleans high school student who received a scholarship of 149 colleges and universities totaling $10 million said Friday that he has chosen to attend Cornell University.

Dennis “Maliq” Barnes will graduate May 24 from the International High School of New Orleans, where he earned a grade point average of 4.98. He also has 27 credits through a dual enrollment program at Southern University of New Orleans.

He plans to study computer science at Cornell, an Ivy League school in Ithaca, New York. He has also said he is considering law school.

“Today is an exciting day for me and my family, and I look forward to working with Cornell’s College of Engineering throughout my undergraduate education,” said Barnes.

In an interview last week, Barnes said one of the main reasons he applied to nearly 200 schools was his desire to have plenty of educational and financial options. He was eventually accepted at 186 colleges and universities. The school said it believes the $10 million in scholarship offers from 149 of them is a record for US college-bound seniors.

Joanna Swanson

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