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Tutor; Class Treasurer for four years; Physics team captain and wind ensemble/concert band Leadership team.
During his four years in high school, Benjamin volunteered at Shore Runners, was a Peer Tutor at the school, was a member of the Pilgrim Fellowship and was a volunteer at the Liu Cryo-Electron Microscopy Lab at Yale University.
In the Shore Runners Club, he volunteered for three summers as a coach, encouraging a love of track and cross country in younger runners (third through eighth grade). He helped them in all aspects of running from strategy, hard work, dieting to collaboration. He also helped impart a healthy lifestyle.
As a junior, he was a Peer Tutor for about four hours a week in the subjects of math, physics and French.
He also participated in the Pilgrim Fellowship and a youth group that runs community services throughout the year, culminating in amissiontrip.Eventshaveincluded a hunger walk to raise awareness of those without easy access to food, leaf raking to raise money and selling cookies. The trip was to Jonesville, Virginia where he helped build houses for a local community.
His work at the Yale lab during the past two summers consisted of segmenting PC12 cells, resolving the structure of the Legionella pneumophilia Type IV secretion system, and modeling the Type IV MSHA pili of the Vibrio Cholerae bacteria. This work contributed to a better understanding of these bacteria.
Elizabeth Sachs
Westhill High School
Elizabeth ranks sixth in a class of 540 and scored 1490 on her SAT (730 critical reading and writing; 760 math).
She has earned varsity letters in four sports: girls volleyball, softball, and indoor and outdoor track and field.
Her academic awards include: National Honor Society; National Spanish Honor Society; Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society; Tri-M Music Honor Society; Dartmouth College Junior Book Award; Connecticut Western Regional Choir Honor; FCIAC Exemplary Scholar Athlete Award; and New 12 Scholar Athlete of the Week.
Extracurricular activities included board member of the Leadership and Development Crew, Best Buddies (special education); Junior Achievement teacher; Future Business Leaders of America; and Captain’s Council.
Elizabeth has progressively become more involved in community service as she has grown older.
She has participated in many food drives, stocking of shelves at the food bank, making and handing out kits to the homeless for Midnight Run NYC, and selling pumpkins to raise money for Family Centers.
Two activities have made a major impact on Elizabeth. First, helping prepare and serve dinner at the Pacific House Homeless Shelter with her family, something they’ve done since she was in third grade. Her interaction with the homeless has given her a greater appreciation for them and that they “deserve our compassion.”
The second is teaching Vacation Bible School at her church. As she grew older, she volunteered as a teacher’s assistant and for the past three summers has taught her own class of kindergartners and first graders from both her church and the outside community. She values this opportunity to pass on “values I have learned and hopefully inspire the next generation of volunteers.”
Elizabeth will attend the University of Virginia in the fall majoring in pre-med.
Abigail Rochette
Berlin High School
Abigail ranks sixth out of a class of 198 and scored 1540 on her SAT
(790 critical reading and writing; 750 math).
She has earned varsity letters in cheerleading and swimming and diving.
Her academic awards include: Secretary of the National Honor Society; Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society; The Society of Torch and Laurel; AP Scholar with honor; George Eastman Award; and high honor roll all four years.
Extracurricular activities included Unity/Ambassador Club, Upbeat, a community service club; Secretary of World Language and Culture Club; and president of Student Tutoring Service.
Abigail has been involved in community service throughout her high school years. In a program called Upbeat, she has completed more than 100 hours of service. She has volunteered at her local food pantry, acted as mentor to elementary school students, volunteered at her local senior center and other projects.
She has put together more than 90 meals for families in need to help alleviate financial hardship. She has been a role model for a young student and hopes to have positively impacted his life for years to come. At the senior center, she has eased the stress of caregivers and facilitators.
She has also volunteered as a coach for the youth town cheer program for the past four years. Girls ages seven to 13 participate in cheerleading for youth football as well as participating in competitions.
“I hope my involvement in these girls’ lives has taught them discipline, perseverance and has fostered a love of the sport. My involvement in serving my community has offered me the chance to interact with many people, all of them with different backgrounds, perspectives and life experiences. It has offered me the opportunity to help others and make a lasting impact on their lives.”
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