Congratulations to these Ephs from the class of 2013, admitted early decision via the Questbridge program.

Claudia Corona Los Angeles, CA
Kelsey Gaetjens Lihue, HI
Maria Galvez Chicago, IL
Ivory Goudy Decatur, GA
Christopher Hikel Fryeburg, ME
Sarai Infante Bronx, NY
Christopher Simmons Los Angeles, CA
Ginette Sims Westminster, CA
Kwan Tang Brooklyn, NY
Carly Valenzuela Bermuda Dunes, CA
Laura Villafranco Jarrell, TX
Jonathan Wosen San Diego, CA

Gaetjens, Galvez and Wosen were awarded Tyngs.

Congratulations to all!

Questbridge provides background on some of the winners, but I couldn’t figure out how to link directly. So, below, are those descriptions. They seem to be written by the students themselves.

Maria has lived in Chicago her entire life, more specifically on the same street. She was raised in the impoverished and gang-infested Little Village community, a place where standards are often set low. Despite being surrounded by negative influences, she has overcome these obstacles to let her determination shine through. At Jones College Prep, Maria has balanced rigorous academics with a vast array of extracurricular activities. She is secretary of the National Honor Society, and has been an active member of Jazz Choir, Christian Club, Eco-City Club, varsity cross country, and many more organizations. As a participant of the Windows on Williams 2008 fly-in, Maria was captivated by Williams’ beautiful campus, quaint hang-out spots, and engaging classes. She plans to venture into the biological sciences and take advantage of the Tyng Scholarship by perhaps becoming a pediatrician. Most importantly, Maria has stayed grounded and is extremely grateful for this fantastic opportunity.

Ivory learned the importance of modesty and hard work at an early age from her mother and grandmother. Even through her personal struggles, Ivory always strived to do her best inside and outside of the classroom. This type of mentality helped her tremendously as she took on a heavy course load of magnet and advanced placement classes. Ivory’s academic vigor has helped her become a National AP Scholar with Distinction and a Board Scholar in her state. Her drive also helped her achieve positions in various clubs, such as Vice President of her school’s National Honor Society, Captain of the Mock Trial team, and Secretary of the Debate Team. Now during her senior year, Ivory still participates in many different club activities and works hard to maintain her position in the top 5% of her senior class. At Williams, Ivory hopes to study and participate in math and science-related research that will not only benefit the people of today, but also future generations of the world.

Christopher Hikel was born in Providence, Rhode Island, the second youngest in a family of seven children. Though he was born and raised in New England, his personality scarcely mirrors the severe weather of the Northeast. He loves a challenge but also takes time to relax. Politics are his passion and Christopher by no means let the 2008 campaign run by him without becoming very involved. A firm believer in the power of democracy, he knows that the involvement and education of every citizen is essential to the life of a strong nation. As a result, he believes that QuestBridge should be commended for its dedication to the education of those with fewer resources than others, including himself. With the help of many he has accomplished what, only a short time before, seemed impossible. Given the opportunities now before him, Christopher hopes to someday help others do the same.

Sarai is in awe and extremely thankful for this gift. She has been given a chance and she promises never to forget it.

Known as “Jenny” to her friends and family, Miss Tang’s ability to evade sleep is surpassed only by her love of art and proper footnoting. Born in China and raised in New York City, Jenny has spent her formative high school years helping to raise her younger sister, Helen, and still managing to pass her classes at Hunter College High School. Jenny has spent substantial time in New York’s museums; she has worked at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Noguchi Museum, and The Museum of Modern Art. Her friends warn others not to ask her about art, since Jenny is known for delivering long lectures, sometimes accompanied by slide shows. Jenny is also the Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, and therefore alternates art lectures with diatribes about journalistic integrity. One friend remarked, “I will miss listening to her coffee-crazed rants to staff writers.” QuestBridge’s amazing scholarship will allow Jenny to study art history at Williams College.

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