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Avery Coffey describes himself as a “determined” student, and if the universities vying for his attention are any indication, he’s right.

While many students are crossing their fingers and hoping to get into their school of choice, Coffey, a 17-year-old Washington D.C. native, has his pick of five of the top schools in the nation.

Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown are all hoping Coffey will choose to continue his education on their storied campus, but he hasn’t made up his mind just yet.

Coffey attends Benjamin Banneker Academic High School, one of the most rigorous schools in the city, which boasts a 100-percent college acceptance rate. The school has strict rules—students can’t use cell phones or lockers while on campus—and maintains high standards for its students.

Coffey grew up in a single-parent home in one of D.C.’s poorest neighborhoods and credits his mother for keeping him on the straight and narrow. In addition to carrying a 4.3 GPA (and winning a surprise scholarship to George Washington University worth over $200,000), the teen enjoys playing basketball, baseball, soccer, and tennis.

Despite facing daunting odds, Coffey believes you can accomplish anything in life if you put your mind to it.

“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.”

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