Congratulations, E-Jayy! Compton Teen is Harvard-Bound - NBC Southern California

Congratulations, E-Jayy! Compton Teen is Harvard-Bound

"I think that struggle - it ignites a fire under you to want to work hard and to want to do more."



    Compton Student Harvard Bound

    A Compton teen has had a rough upbringing, but his future looks a lot brighter now after having recently been accepted to Harvard University. Lolita Lopez reports for the NBC4 News at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016. (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    Christmas came early for a Compton teen who has been admitted to one of the most prestigious universities in the country.

    Elijah Christopher DeVaughn - nicknamed "E-Jayy" -  found out last night that he was accepted into Harvard University after applying as an early action candidate.

    E-Jayy, a 17-year-old who commutes 45 minutes to the Chadwick School in Palos Verdes which he attends on a scholarship, said his rough Compton upbringing motivated him to succeed.

    "I think that struggle - it ignites a fire under you to want to work hard and to want to do more," he said.

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    A Friday night arrest turned out to be a life-changing event for a young Mobile, Alabama, couple, but not in the way you'd expect.

    Shawna Blackmon was waiting for her boyfriend, Daiwon McPherson, to pick her up for a date when she received a phone call telling her he'd been pulled over by police. She knew McPherson was armed, and raced to the scene.

    All she could think about was one thing.

    "Me getting out and seeing that I felt like I can fix this, let me try to fix this and let me calm the situation down and let it work," McPherson said.

    She quickly ran to McPherson's side, telling the officers not to shoot.

    That's when things changed in the blink of an eye. McPherson dropped to one knee and proposed.

    The Mobile Police Department had been in on the plan the whole time. The officers used unloaded stun guns during the prank.

    Blackmon described it as the "perfect" proposal, though many who saw the video felt differently. Some posted on social media that there was nothing funny nor romantic about a staged police confrontation.

    McPherson apologized to anyone who took his proposal the wrong way.

    (Published Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016)

    As a child, E-Jayy would lie on the floor as gunshots rang out right outside his door.

    E-Jayy said he remembers his mother would scrape change together when he was 6 years old to be able to buy him a chicken sandwich from McDonald's.

    His mother, Sherree DeVaughn, raised E-Jayy alone for 13 years while his dad was in a federal penitentiary.

    Since then, E-Jayy and his father have renewed their relationship, and now the future looks a lot brighter.

    While he will be entering Harvard with an undeclared major, E-Jayy said he hopes to one day become a neurosurgeon.

    "He's something to be reckoned with," his mother said. "He's a gift."

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