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Graduate Spotlight: William Shi



When I was a 15-year-old sophomore in high school, my priorities in rank order were food, swimming, video games, girls, and sleep. School was the last thing on my mind, and my grades reflected that. By the end of sophomore year, as my friends began thinking about the SAT and the difficulties of getting into college, I was getting pretty worried. At this point, I wasn’t sure if I could even attend college at all. That all changed when I met Mr. Hamilton. During my first meeting with him, I remember Mr. Hamilton looking up from my transcripts and saying, “William, why aren’t you getting straight A’s? You should be getting straight A’s.” I was quite taken aback. No one had ever said that to me before. Yet that was just the right motivation I needed, so I decided to give it a shot during my junior year. And I did it. Somehow, Mr. Hamilton knew exactly how to engage me, to help me see my potential in ways I hadn’t before.


By Alison M

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Brainiacs & PSAT: Top 3 Ways Enrichment Classes Benefit 5th-10th Graders


The college admissions process can be an imposing prospect for students and families alike—a frenzy of college visits, standardized tests, and the all-important personal essay. For many, this process formally begins in 11th grade, the most common time that students begin to prepare for and take either the SAT or ACT. In truth, though, preparing for these tests—and for college in general—begins much earlier. Beginning in elementary school, every reading assignment and math test primes students for what’s to come. And while we don’t advocate for excessive, long-term test prep, we can’t stress enough the importance of supplementing and building upon the skills students are already learning in school.


By HCC-admin

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The New SAT: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly


The new SAT, released in March of 2016, arrived shrouded in rhetoric about “fairness” and “access.”   And indeed, the partnership with Kahn Academy promised access to free test prep, while the elimination of “esoteric” vocabulary and the dreaded “guessing penalty” was heartening to many high school students.  So, now that thousands have taken the test, what can we say about it?


By Chris Hamilton

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