EUREKA — A teen who could have gone anywhere in the nation for college chose Eureka College earlier this spring to continue her education.
And now, Peoria Public Schools has guaranteed Antoinette Love a teaching job after she finishes her degree.
Not a bad way to start off one's college career. Then again, nothing has been bad about Love's college search.
Love, a New Orleans native, made national news, and was featured in stories from CNN to NPR to Teen Vogue about the fact that she had received acceptance letters from 115 colleges — the end total was 116 — and scholarship money that totaled nearly $4 million. Love said she chose Eureka over Louisiana State University and the University of North Texas, among others, because she liked the small town environment.
“I wanted to move away from Louisiana, just go to some place new,” she said.
And Peoria school officials hope she chooses to make that move more permanent.
At an intimate Wednesday news conference on the Eureka College campus, Love and her family met with the media. It was then that college President Dr. Jamel Santa Cruze Wright revealed to Love and her family that Peoria Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Sharon Desmoulin-Kherat will be giving a letter of commitment to Love, which offers her a teaching position in the Peoria school system upon graduation.
“She is so deserving of it,” said Love’s mother, Yolanda Love, who added the decision was made easier when Wright reached out to the family personally.
At that point, she said, choosing Eureka was a “no-brainer.”
“You don’t have a lot of chances where you actually talk to the president of the school,” the proud mother said. “We had some schools call us, but it was never the president, so we liked that genuine connection that we had with her.”
Antoinette will be studying education at Eureka. She is a graduate of the International High School of New Orleans where she had a 3.7 GPA and was involved in multiple organizations at the school, including the National Honor Society, as well as the anime and video game clubs.