WILMINGTON, N.C. — A high school student from Wilmington was shocked and thrilled when he learned that he got into not one, but seven Ivy League schools.
Patrick Peoples, a senior at the Lyceum Academy of New Hanover High School, has been accepted to Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Brown University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania.
“I just wanted to apply,” Peoples explained to WECT. “Maybe I’ll get into one, maybe just maybe.”
Peoples hasn’t made his decision yet, but wants to work towards 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.”
In addition to the Ivy league schools, Peoples was also 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 finishing up his college visits and will have to decide where he will study by May 1.