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Merlina Escorcia
Mentor: Darcy Miller
University: University of Connecticut
Major: Computer science
Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor
Advice for future applicants: Be open-minded
Quotation: "You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You are able to say to yourself, ‘I lived through this horror. I can take the next thing that comes along.’ You must do the thing you think you cannot do." -Eleanor Roosevelt
Courtlen Oates
Mentor: Norm Savoie
University: Case Western Reserve University
Major: Electrical engineering
Favorite thing about MVSS: The program helped me to open my mind to the college search and explore my options as I started to look forward to college.
Advice for future applicants: Make the most of the time you have in high school and utilize your resources.
Quotation: "The race is not to the swift nor the battle to the strong, but time and chance happens to all."
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Crystal Luna
Mentor: Darcy Miller
University: Denison University
Major: Women's Studies, Political Science
Favorite thing about MVSS: Connection with my mentor
Advice for future applicants: You'll never discover unknown passions unless you're willing to come out of your comfort zone.
Quotation: *You become strong by doing the things you need to be strong for. This is the genuine way learning takes place. That's a very difficult way to live, but it also has served me.” -Audre Lorde
Shankar Ramkellawan
Mentor: Nathan Fisher
University: Harvard University
Major: Pre-med, government
Favorite thing about MVSS: Program's support system
Advice for future applicants: Apply without hesitation
Quotation: “One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world.” -Malala Yousafzai
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Melissa Amigon
Mentor: Toni Gamils
Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor
Advice for future applicants: Always strive for the best. Sometimes we tend to underestimate ourselves but with hard work and perseverance anything is possible, especially college.
Quotation: "Life isn’t about getting and having, it’s about giving and being." -Kevin Kruse
Shadae Leslie
Mentor: Arleen Zuckerman
Top choice university: Columbia University
Major: Pre-law, journalism
Favorite thing about MVSS: Exceptional college preparation
Advice for future applicants: Be yourself and don't psych yourself out!
Quotation: "Happiness is not the absence of problems, it's the ability to deal with them." -Steve Maraboli
Devita Mohandeo
Mentor: Norm Savoie
Top choice universities: Rutgers, University of California Berkeley, New York University
Future major: Pre-med
Favorite thing about MVSS: One-on-one time with my mentor
Advice for future applicants: Don't feel discouraged or intimidated by the process.
Quotation: "Without the willingness to fail, the possibility for great success is eliminated." -Sanjay Gupta
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Agustin Mendoza
Michael Persaud
Taury Phelps
Judy Yu
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Ruby Acquah
Mentor: Toni Gamils
Carmen Alvarez
Mentor: Nathan Fisher
Stella Balbino
Mentor: Arlene Zuckerman
Crystal Mcfarlane
Mentor: Martin Ludwikowski
Peace Oji
Mentor: Melissa Magiet
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Juan Franco
Victoria Gomez
Andre Meddar
Dontae Richards
Mentor: Darcy Miller
Alondra Vera
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Shanoy Bowen
Bryan Bueno
Morgan Foster
Fiona Jabar
Cierra Jones
Sandra Lemus
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