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Two area students bound for Yale

It’s not every year that a local student heads straight to an Ivy League school after graduation, but two seniors are doing just that.

Dustin Dunaway, an Enterprise student graduating from the Mississippi School for Mathematics and Science, and Trustin Henderson, of Lawrence County High School, are both heading to Yale this fall.

That’s an impressive feat for these two young men. The acceptance rate for Yale is about 7 percent, compared to 70-80 percent for a university in Mississippi.

Yale typically selects students who have scored above 32 on the ACT and have excelled in a demanding college preparatory program in high school. Applicants are also judged on essays, in addition to grades and test scores.

Needless to say, it’s not easy to get into the university that was founded in 1701.

Attending Yale does not guarantee success, but quite a few notable people have graduated from the university. Several are Nobel laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, famous inventors and business leaders.

The university’s more famous grads include Clintons, Bushes, Ben Carson, Jodie Foster, Anderson Cooper, John Kerry and and a host of other well-known figures.

Dunaway and Henderson may one day join that list of famous grads, but more than likely they will get an education at a prestigious university and move on to a successful career that a Yale degree makes possible.

We congratulate both on their success and wish them the best in the future.