Baltimore Student Gets into Six Ivy League Schools

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Photo via WJZ
Photo via WJZ

Darius Johnson is in a difficult –but envious–position. The senior at Poly has received acceptance letters from 15 schools so far, including six Ivies. “When I was applying for college, I didn’t really think I would have all of these choices to make.  I sort of just thought it would be two places would accept me and I would have to choose which one is the cheapest. But now, I have all of these options,” Johnson told WJZ. Oh yeah: He’s also the first in his family to attend college.

Johnson is a prime example of how innovative education programs in Baltimore can help students. Johnson participates in the Ingenuity Project, a nonprofit organization that encourages gifted students in Baltimore City schools to take high-level science and math courses. Johnson has also gotten to work on HIV research projects through programs at Johns Hopkins.

At this point, Johnson isn’t sure where he’ll end up. Harvard sounds good, he thinks–but his top choice, Yale, put him on the waitlist. It’s a tough choice, but we have a feeling he’ll be fine either way.



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