Washington D.C.’s Ward 8 may not be a neighborhood known for its affluence. But five of America’s most prestigious universities are fighting for one 17-year-old, born and raised in the D.C. area typically characterized for its neglect, proving difficult circumstances can’t keep you from being Ivy League material.
Avery Coffey has been accepted to Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and University of Pennsylvania — a feat difficult for any high school senior to achieve no matter where he or she is from. The high school senior is poised to graduate from Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, an institution known for its exceptional track record for college acceptance rates. The school has had a perfect track record of 100 percent acceptance for every graduating class since its first in 1984.
When asked by Fox News what his dream job would be, Coffey — who holds a 4.3 GPA — said he hopes to be a CEO of an investment or management consulting firm, overseeing Fortune 500 companies. He’s still unsure which university he’ll ultimately choose to attend, but with such esteemed options, it’s safe to say he can’t make a bad decision.
Coffey said he doesn’t see his background as a barrier to ultimately gaining a position of influence in the world, and he wants other young people to know it too.
“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,” he said.
We’re officially adding Coffey to our list of child prodigies.
Video on Avery Coffey’s announcement: