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Four years ago, Grace Bauer, then a senior at South Lakes High School in Reston, thought the world was ending when she was rejected by Columbia University, her first-choice college. "She had the Ivys on her list, and I knew that all the kids at Flint Hill, all the private high schools had a legup on her," says her mother, Elizabeth Vandeburg. "And that's because they had coaches." Can...

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