As it turns out, there's more than one student in Minnesota faced with a choice of which Ivy League school to attend.

Alexander Roman, 17, a senior at Harding Senior High School on St. Paul's East Side, was accepted to all eight Ivy Leagues schools — and then some. In all, he's been accepted to 20 colleges and universities.

"At first I was hesitant [to apply to 20 schools], because it just seemed kind of like a lot," he said. "But then I kind of got encouraged by many people."

Alexander said he couldn't believe it when he started getting accepted to big name schools like Harvard and Yale. "The first reaction I had, especially the Harvard one, was like, 'Is this really happening?' "

Alexander said he plans to do several college tours to find the best fit. At Harding, he is involved with a student group that helps younger students make the transition to high school and a tech help group. Alexander also was the starting first baseman for the baseball team until his junior year. He is a youth leader at his church.

Alexander said he will be the first in his family to graduate from college. His father was a teenager when he emigrated from Mexico. Alexander said his dad's excitement has grown with each acceptance letter.

"Just the first he was really excited … and then right after that getting the Harvard one he was really ecstatic," he said.

Ralph Alexander, the director of Harding's College and Career Center, said in his 12 years on the job he's never seen a student get accepted to all Ivy League Schools. "He's the consummate perfect kid to have this happen to," he said.

Blair Emerson

EP students to staff in-school credit union

Eden Prairie High School students interested in business and marketing will get to hone their skills at an in-school credit union is set to open next fall.

The district is joining with the Royal Credit Union (RCU) to open a branch that will be staffed by students who will be supervised by RCU staff.

The RCU branch will function as a credit union and financial education center during its hours of operation, and as a student center at other times.

The tellers will also offer financial education presentations and informal tips to help prepare the students for a future in finance.

"This is an exciting opportunity," said Principal Conn McCartan. "Our business students will be given a chance to cultivate new career skills and gain tangible experience and exposure to the industry before they leave our high school."

The Royal Credit Union School Site program was established in 1994 and operates 27 in-school branches in Wisconsin. The Eden Prairie High School branch will be the seventh of its kind to open in Minnesota.

Kim McGuire

Prior Lake-Savage narrows supt. search

The field of candidates vying to be the next superintendent of the Prior Lake-Savage district has been narrowed to two.

William Gronseth, currently superintendent in the Duluth district, and Teri Staloch, assistant superintendent in the Osseo district, will advance to the second round of interviews.

Out of 24 applicants for the job, five were interviewed in the first round. Final interviews will be held April 22 at the District Service Center. They are open to the public.

Sue Ann Gruver, superintendent since 2008, is retiring.

Erin Adler