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Albany girl accepted into 10 colleges, including Ivy League schools

Zoe Hopson will attend Yale University in the fall. (Source: WALB) Zoe Hopson will attend Yale University in the fall. (Source: WALB)
Some of the colleges that accepted Zoe include Duke, USC, Howard, and Spelman. (Source: WALB) Some of the colleges that accepted Zoe include Duke, USC, Howard, and Spelman. (Source: WALB)
Debbie Allen is an English teacher at Deerfield Windsor School. (Source: WALB) Debbie Allen is an English teacher at Deerfield Windsor School. (Source: WALB)
ALBANY, GA (WALB) -

A student at Deerfield-Windsor applied to 10 colleges, some of which were Ivy League.

She got into all of them and plans to attend Yale University in the fall.

Zoe Hopson is a down-home girl that loves her community and takes pride in where she comes from. 

She said her decision to go to Yale was based on the confidence she built living here in South Georgia. 

"I think being from a small town was kind of my pull for college admission professors," said Hopson.

Being a small town girl hasn't stopped Zoe Hopson 

"I think it's me being able to communicate with people of all different backgrounds, ages, and things like that because Albany's such a close-knit town, you're kind of forced to kind of talk to people," she said. 

Everyone who knows Zoe says they admire how well she knows herself. 

"She has a great awareness of who she is, she knows what she can do," said her former literature teacher, Debbie Allen. 

With a 4.72 GPA, 10 acceptance letters to schools like Duke, USC, Howard, and Spelman, and over $20,000 in scholarships, and three weeks to graduation, Zoe said she is excited about her next steps. 

"But I think that openness she has, that approachability she has, she's going to be like an open book," said Allen. 

Allen said that in her 18 years of teaching at Deerfield-Windsor, "You don't get a Zoe Hopson. Maybe once every I'm going to say 10 years."

It has also been a while since the school has a had a student accepted and committed to top an Ivy League university. 

"For Zoe, for me, it's a no-brainer, because I think with her perspectives she needs to maybe leave the comfort of South Georgia," said Allen. 

 "I stepped on Yale's campus and I knew that I was home. I knew that I could grow there and develop there, and become more of myself there. It was more of a feeling," said Zoe. 

Zoe will double major in Cognitive Science and Spanish.

She said her passion is children and she wants to use her double major to help develop the minds of children with autism.
 
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