D.C. High Schooler Accepted Into Five Ivy League Schools

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    A Banneker High School senior has been accepted to five Ivy league schools! Avery Coffey talked to News4 about which schools he's leaning toward attending. (Published Tuesday, Apr 1, 2014)

    For many high school seniors, sending out college applications is one of the most stressful events of the year, but for one D.C. student, getting in was easy, and now it's time to decide where to go.

    Seventeen-year-old Avery Coffey is a student at Benjamin Banneker High School, a four-sport student athlete and the recipient of five ivy league school acceptance letters.

    With an acceptance roster that includes Harvard, Yale, Brown, University of Pennsylvania and Princeton, the southeast D.C. native has the world at his fingertips.

    "I think Harvard has a slight edge, but I'm still trying to decide," he said.

    Raised by a single mother in one of the poorest wards in the District, Coffey did not have an easy road to success, but against the odds, he has managed to accomplish a feat few else will.

    In addition to the ivies, Coffey has also been offered full rides at George Washington University and Howard University.

    When asked the secret to his striking success, the academic wunderkind says, "If you come here and you know exactly what you want to do and have the determination to do the work, you will be successful here."