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Jeremy Bush called his college destination his "perfect choice."

Bush, who turned 18 in February, is headed to Washington University in St. Louis.

"It was the perfect choice for me," said Bush, a senior at Stevenson High School in Lincolnshire, Illinois. "They have one of the best Division III teams in the country, and I thought that I would possibly be able to help the team win a national championship, which would be amazing to be a part of.

"Washington University also is an outstanding school in terms of academics," Bush continued. "I want to study Pre-Medicine, and it is one of the best places to go for that."

Bush's path to college tennis began when he was 5 years old. His father, Robb, played Division I tennis at Drake University from 1981-84 and got his son started. After a few classes, Bush was hooked and has been playing for a dozen years.

"I figured out I had some talent and enjoyed it," Bush said. "When I am on the court, I think about working hard for every single point and fighting my very hardest. I run for every ball and put it in all my effort."

Bush considered Northwestern and other Ivy League schools, such as Yale, Penn, and Brown, in addition to other high level Division III schools, such as Johns Hopkins. He took official visits to Yale, Penn, and Washington University, and an unofficial visit to Northwestern.

"I decided to go to Washington University after I had my best official visit," Bush said. "I loved the campus, the atmosphere, the team, and the coaches. I felt like I would be able to fit in really well."

Bush believes his work on the court will help him in the classroom.

"I love the competition aspect, the fact that it is a very mental sport and you need to be mentally strong in order to succeed, the traveling, and the motivation it brings out of me," Bush said. "The only difficult thing about it is balancing it with school. I am a very high level student and am in numerous AP classes in which I am responsible for a great deal of outside work. I am still held to the same standards as everyone else in my classes even though I have so much responsibility outside of school devoted to tennis."

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