High Schoolers Eager to Embrace Future in College

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In University Language Services’ annual scholarship contest for high school students, entrants emphasize connection to the wider world.

Colleges are the centers where ideas and languages from across the globe come together. [Quote by First Place Winner Wesley Adrianson]

Entries to University Language Services’ most recent scholarship contest for high school students show an increased desire to connect to the larger world around them as they begin their futures in college – “meeting people all over the country, developing towards my career, and most likely making mistakes (hopefully for my own benefit)”, as second place winner Alisa Vinje put it.

Wesley Adrianson, a senior at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, California, won the $500 grand prize scholarship for his photo of a student observing the Golden Gate Bridge at the University of California, Berkeley.

“I feel that in many ways universities are also bridges,” Adrianson wrote. “Teens become adults. Students become scholars. Society becomes better.”

To enter the contest, high school students were asked to submit a photo they took during a campus visit and describe in no more than 200 words how that photo represents college to them.

University Language Services awarded $100 college scholarships to:

  •     Second place winner: Alisa Vinje, a junior at Kentlake High School, Kent, WA, for her photo of the University of North Dakota, in Grand Forks.
  •     Third place winner: Kelsey Tyler, a senior at River Hill High School, Clarksville, MD, for her photo of Yale University, in New Haven, CT.

Honorable mentions were awarded to:

  •     Lauren Auster, of Lake Zurich, IL; photo of the University of Rochester
  •     Iain Forrest, of Bethesda, MD; photo of the University of Virginia
  •     Kevin Hernandez, of Monona, WI; photo of the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
  •     Rachel LaBrecque, of Allendale, MI; photo of Ferris State University
  •     Alison Lee, of Cerritos, CA; photo of Princeton University
  •     Dina Levashova, of San Jose, CA; photo of the University of California, San Diego
  •     Monica Li, of San Antonio, TX; photo of Rice University
  •     Kassidy Manuel, of Hoschton, GA; photo of Georgia Gwinnett College
  •     Lacy Matusek, of Fayetteville, GA; photo of Appalachian State University
  •     Julianne McAdams, of Weston, FL; photo of Brown University
  •     Julia Ribas, of Dallas, TX; photo of Southern Methodist University
  •     Emily Sachs, of Palm City, FL; photo of the University of Southern California

The photos and descriptions by all of the winners and students receiving honorable mention can be viewed at http://www.universitylanguage.com/scholarships/fall-2012/.

University Language Services has awarded thousands of dollars in scholarships to college applicants as well as students who have studied abroad. A new scholarship competition will be announced in the coming weeks.

About University Language Services:
University Language Services helps students and applicants make the most of their college experience, from application to graduation. Free online guides and the ULS blog, Campus Commons, give students in-depth information to help them determine where to apply to college, how to get accepted and what to do to succeed. University Language’s comprehensive services for students also include SAT prep and professional resume writing for internships and jobs.

What’s more, since 1983 ULS has provided translation, transcription and interpreting services in 150+ languages and dialects from its international headquarters in New York City and affiliated offices around the world.

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