Avery Coffey’s smarter than the average high school teenager. In fact, he may be smarter than almost any teenager most of us know. The 17-year-old attends D.C.’s Benjamin Banneker Academic High School has his choice of Ivy League schools to attend when graduation comes.
“…(H)e has a 4.3 high school report card average, adjusted for the demanding International Baccalaureate courses he takes. Coffey scored very high on standardized tests also. He calls himself a “determined” student.
“Coffey applied to five Ivy League universities, and, amazingly, has been accepted at all of them: Harvard, Princeton, Yale, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown.
“And four of the five universities have already offered very generous financial aid packages. (Harvard is still formulating its offer.)” [Fox DC]
It doesn’t get much better than that.
Currently, Coffey says he’s picking between Penn and Harvard. What makes Coffey’s future even more amazing is his hardscrabble past. He was raised by his mom, a technician at Children’s Hospital, in D.C.’s Ward 8, an area characterized as “the poorest part of the city.” When asked what advice he’d give others faced with the same odds.
“You can go anywhere you want to, pursue any career that you want to,” he responded, “and you shouldn’t let anybody hinder you from trying to reach your goals.”