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D.C. Teen Gets Accepted to Five Ivy League Schools

By: Jodi Phillips
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Normally a nerve-wracking time for high school seniors, college acceptance season ended up being an incredible moment for local teen Avery Coffey.  The Benjamin Banneker Academic High School senior applied to five Ivy League schools and got accepted to all of them: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown.

The 17-year-old has a 4.3 GPA, plays baseball, basketball, tennis, soccer and even built a robot while interning at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Coffey grew up in a single parent household in D.C.’s Ward 8, the poorest area in the city.  But that didn’t stop the teen from pursuing his dreams at one of the strictest academic high schools in the area. Benjamin Banneker Academic High School has a 100% success rate of students getting accepted into post-secondary institutions.

Speaking with Fox 5, he had advice for other kids who are in his neighborhood, “You can go anywhere you want to, pursue any career that you want to, and you shouldn’t let anybody hinder you from trying to reach your goals.”

While he hasn’t settled on the perfect college, he has decided to major in finance, saying the perfect job with be the CEO of an investment company.  “I guess pretty much overseeing acquisitions or transactions between large companies. Hopefully, Fortune 500 companies,” Coffey admitted with a smile.

Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania and Brown have all offered attractive financial aid packages to Coffey. Harvard is still formulating an offer.

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