MONROE (CBS DETROIT) – A 17-year-old senior at Monroe High School has quite a few schools to choose from once he graduates — including top Ivy League universities.

Jonathan Brown scored a 33 on the ACT, and has a 4.0 GPA; he’s been accepted into Harvard, Yale, Princeton and MIT. He says he set a goal — and went after it.

“Believe that you can do it, if you don’t believe that you can do it, you’re just not going to,” he said.

Johnathan Brown.

Jonathan Brown.

“When I was a junior I was sitting on a 29 and I was like, I want to do better than that … I’ve got to try and do better, it’s not going to work like this, and in September I wanted to do better and I then I did,” said Brown.

As for the the field of study he’ll pursue, he has some ideas but knows that it may change.

“It always changes once you get to college … right now I feel I want to do math and astrophysics. I want to be a professor – that’s what I feel right now. Maybe went I get to college I’ll want to be an art major.”

‘Just kidding,’ he says about the art major — it’s too far from math.

Brown is also very involved in school. He is varsity captain of the wrestling team, in student council, he’s the National Honor Society President, and started the Anime Club. He says his top picks are Harvard and MIT.

Brown says his mom is proud of his accomplishment but sad that he won’t be close to home.

She accepts that fact that these are the top schools for what I want to do and to have this chance — she’s not going to stand in my way. She’ll have to come to terms with “I can’t see my baby boy when I need to.”


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