ALBANY, GA (WALB) - A soon-to-be Dougherty Comprehensive High School graduate is proving you can do anything if you put your mind to it.
Carterion Whitlock has been accepted to more than 20 schools across the US, including Purdue, UGA, Mercer and the University of California San Diego.
He's also accumulated hundreds of thousands of dollars in scholarship money.
Whitlock has accepted a full ride to the Georgia Institute of Technology under the Zell Miller scholarship. He said it was always one of his top schools because he wants to be an engineer.
Whitlock said that if students want to follow in his footsteps they must start putting in the effort beginning freshman year.
"First day of school, don't play. A lot of people look back and say if I had done what I had to do in ninth grade, I could have been in the same position as you are. And also SAT scores. Your senior year you shouldn't be trying to get the SAT score that you want. You should already have that plan," said Whitlock.
Whitlock started his education in Mitchell County. He moved to Albany in the eighth grade where he attended Mary Acres, then Albany High School and most recently Dougherty Comprehensive High School after AHS was closed.
Whitlock said his teachers and counselors have also been a great help to him.