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Harvard, Yale and other elite colleges accept Bob Jones seniors

Published 5:06pm Thursday, May 16, 2013

MADISON – The nation’s most selective colleges and universities will welcome members of the Class of 2013 from Bob Jones High School.

“Of course, we’ll send approximately 90 percent to college from Bob Jones,” Principal Robby Parker said. “All state schools throughout the Southeast are filled with Bob Jones students.”

Prestigious schools admitting Madison students include New York University (NYU); Harvard and Yale universities; Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Princeton University (two students); Brown, Cornell and Vanderbilt universities; and the University of California at Los Angeles.

UCLA and Vanderbilt accepted two other seniors but they opted for full scholarships to Auburn University, college and career readiness advisor Sheila Roberts said.

Young Yi will study physics at Princeton. Born in South Korea, Yi’s family moved to the United States in 2002. A violinist since four years old, he was co-concertmaster of the Huntsville Youth Symphony.

Another Princeton recruit, Priya Ganatra moved from Minnesota 11 years ago. “I … embrace hard work, but, in pursuit of one’s goals, I am convinced that one must capture the essence of life with enjoyment and empathy towards others,” Ganatra said.

Yvonne Bowman chose NYU’s excellent neuroscience program. “I wanted to go somewhere that I would get a lot more exposed to the world. I needed somewhere exciting. I think NYU definitely is a good fit for me,” Bowman said.

Accepted at Harvard, Kenneth Fu is the oldest child in his family. He has a six-year-old sister and a one-year-old brother. “I enjoy playing piano, soccer and basketball,” Fu said.

David Hergenroeder is a Presidential Scholar semifinalist, National Merit Finalist, DAR award winner and participated in student government, cross-country, track and soccer. He will study engineering at Yale.

Frederick Daso’s weighted GPA is 4.81. He was involved in track and soccer, interned at SAIC and was a Science Olympiad medalist. Daso will study aerospace engineering and political science at MIT. He wants a career with NASA or Space X and ultimately to become an astronaut.

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