A Cornell University-bound teen from the Bronx, whose acceptance video to the Ivy League school went viral, drowned while swimming in the Ithaca Falls gorge, officials said.
Winston Samuel Perez-Ventura's body was found in the gorge by a New York State dive team Saturday evening, Ithaca police said.
Perez-Ventura was in Ithaca for an on-campus pre-freshman summer program at Cornell, said Ryan Lombardi, vice president for student and campus life.
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He drowned while swimming in Fall Creek, Lombardi said.
"He was an exceptional person who would have contributed greatly to our university community," Lombardi said.
Perez-Ventura planned to study at the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Lombardi said.
In December, Ventura's high school, Democracy Prep Public Schools in Harlem, posted a video on Facebook of the senior, clad in a Cornell sweatshirt, reacting to his early acceptance. Cornell shared the video on its official Facebook page and it quickly went viral. Perez-Ventura would have been the first person in his family to attend college.