Patrick Peoples, a senior at Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School in Wilmington, North Carolina, is the latest teen to get accepted into seven of the eight Ivy League schools.
The 17-year-old has been granted admission to Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and University of Pennsylvania.
With acceptance rates as low as six percent, just getting into one Ivy League is a huge accomplishment. “I just wanted to apply,” Peoples explained. “Maybe I’ll get into one, maybe just maybe.”
Patrick’s AP English teacher Catherine Edmonds says Peoples has earned his spot. “He’s personable, he’s responsible, he has a complete and utter interest of what happens in the world, and he’s bound to make changes,” Edmonds said.
Change is what Peoples hopes to achieve with a degree in public policy and economics. “I have a big passion for social justice,” Peoples said. “So when I see things that can be fixed or when I see people that don’t have the opportunity that I’ve had, it really makes me want to go up as far as I can and reach back and help people.”
Peoples is heavily involved in Boy Scouts, Young Democrats and holds the position of editor-in-chief of his yearbook. In addition to the seven Ivy League schools he was accepted to Duke University, Davidson College, the University of Chicago and was one of two New Hanover High School students to receive the Morehead-Cain Scholarship to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Peoples is expected to make a decision on where he will attend by May 1.
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