HCHS Seniors Accepted into Ivy League Schools

Harrison Central Seniors Accepted into Ivy League Schools

Keon Barney, Angelique Peregrina, and Olivia James did not think they could get into any of the nation’s most elite universities. Then, they met a teacher at Harrison Central High who changed their perspective and gave them the push they needed to pursue their college dreams.

All three Harrison Central seniors learned in mid-December that they have been accepted into prestigious schools, including two Ivy League universities.

Keon Barney received a full scholarship to the University of Pennsylvania, where he plans to study international business and economics. Keon was also accepted into the very selective Huntsman Program at Penn, which accepts only 40-45 students a year. Keon made a 33 on his ACT and he believes his leadership skills, essays, and interview impressed the admissions team at Penn.
Keon Barney: HCHS Senior

Angelique Peregrina was also accepted into an Ivy League school - Cornell University in New York.  She plans to major in business management and economics. Angelique was also invited to attend a summer program at Cornell. 
Angelique Peregrina: HCHS Senior
Olivia James was accepted into Hamilton College in New York, with plans to major in psychology and neuroscience. She was also invited to attend a summer program there.
Olivia James: HCHS Senior
The students thanked their English teacher, Mr. Cody Eadie, for pushing them to believe in themselves. Mr. Eadie even drove Keon to a college fair so he could see his possibilities. The students credit many other teachers and counselors at Harrison Central for supporting and guiding them along the way.

“Over the years, Harrison Central has been adding AP courses, so between that and just self-studying and taking the ACT, things like that, it’s definitely helped me prepare,” said Keon.

The acceptance rate for each of the schools is less than 20-percent. The seniors have some encouraging words for other students.

“I think you should just throw yourself out there, because you never know what you’re going to get. If you don’t even know you deserve it, then you never know what could happen. Just try,” Peregrina said.

“Just to not feel discouraged. Just to do the best that they can. Of course, do really good on their essays, and get as much help as they can from their advisers,” James said.

Mr. Eadie praised the three students for their accomplishments and perseverance, and he noted that more Harrison Central students will be sharing exciting college news in the coming months.

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