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Bronx teen drowns in upstate falls weeks before starting first semester at Cornell University

Bronx teen drowns in upstate falls weeks before starting first semester at Cornell UniversityA Bronx teenager whose joyous, dream-fulfilling Ivy League college acceptance was captured on national television drowned in Ithaca just before he was set to start at Cornell University, officials said SundayWinston (Sammy) Perez-Ventura, 17, went swimming in Fall Creek near Ithaca Falls around 2:30 p.m. Saturday and never resurfaced, according to Ithaca police. First responders searched the waterways and gorges across the area, with state police divers and helicopters joining in. Troopers discovered Perez-Ventura’s body around 7:20 p.m. Saturday near where he drowned, police said.

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The teen was in Ithaca for a freshman summer program as he prepared for his upcoming first semester at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning.

“Cornell was always his dream from the very first day I met him,” said Danielle Leach, Perez-Ventura’s high school homeroom teacher and college counselor. “He handed me a little piece of paper that said, ‘Cornell is my first choice and I want to study architecture.’”

Perez-Ventura got the word of his acceptance in December, and his glee was captured in an ABC News video that went viral. In it, Perez-Ventura opens an early acceptance email and is hugged by a room full of ecstatic fellow high schoolers.

. Bronx teen drowns in upstate falls weeks before starting first semester at Cornell University – New York Daily News

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