This is one impressive teen.
Seventeen-year-old D.C. student Ruquan Brown has been accepted into more than two dozen top universities. But that’s not all.
On top of that accomplishment, he also runs his own business dedicated to stopping gun violence.
“Harvard, Columbia, Penn, Yale, Princeton, Holy Cross, Georgetown. It just kind of skyrocketed and we’re already at 24.”
Its no question why Ruquan Brown is smart. The 17-year-old attends Banneker High School in D.C.
“Having a 3.9 GPA and 1320 SATs, it makes it a little bit easier,” said Brown.
And when he’s not studying, he’s a champion on the football field at Roosevelt High.
“We’re a state championship team, city championship team so we’ve done a lot.”
Outside of the classroom and off the football field, he’s working to end gun violence through a company he created called Love One.
“My stepdad was murdered in 2018. I had a teammate who was murdered and he wore number one.”
His anti-gun violence clothing line raises money to help buy guns through a police sanctioned gun buyback program and turns them into art.
“No matter how much money you have, no matter how you look or smell, gun violence can impact your life. The thing is, my family didn’t allow gun violence to negatively impact us.”
To get to this point, he says it takes a village.
“The head of my village is Jesus Christ. And then my mom, dad, my stepdad like I talked to you about, and my grandparents are all super important. And they keep me encourage, but I also have eight siblings.”
In one month, his company will turn one year old and soon he’ll know where he’s going to attend college.