"Harvard College Class of 2022!!" Mekhi Johnson posted to Facebook on May 1, college decision day.
Johnson, a senior at the Gilman School, is one of just a handful of students across the nation to be accepted into all eight of the elite institutions. He's been working toward that accomplishment since he was 6 years old, when he first heard a story on the radio about a boy who had gotten into all of the Ivies.
"Even at 6, he was pretty serious and goal-oriented," his mother, Tawana Thomas Johnson, said previously . "He kept this idea in front of him through all those years."
He checked his admissions status at each school in quick succession: Yale, in. Columbia, in. Cornell, in. And then finally, Harvard.
"As soon as I saw I got into Harvard, my mom started screaming," the 17-year-old Baltimore student told The Baltimore Sun in March. "She started yelling, 'My son just got into Harvard,' and everyone in the restaurant started clapping."
Johnson hopes to study political science and eventually attend law school.
He has attended Gilman since first grade, with a near-perfect GPA. He edits the school's yearbook and literary magazine, plays in the jazz band and drum line, and works on musical theater.
He sings with the Gilman a capella choir, serves as Diversity Council president and is a National Merit Scholarship Program commended student.