TWO GLENVIEW STUDENTS ATTEND COLLEGE THIS SUMMER
“GCPHS had two of its students attend pre-college summer programs. One went to Stanford University and the other attended Princeton. What an incredible opportunity for them both,” says Giles Glithero, school leader of Glenview College Prep High School.
PHOENIX – Two juniors attending Glenview College Prep High School spent much of the summer attending school at different colleges. These were pre-college summer courses through the Learning and Leadership and Junior States of America (JSA) programs. Priscilla Rios Limon, a current high school junior at GCPHS, applied for and was accepted to Stanford University in California. Tyler McCarthy, also a junior, applied for and was accepted at Princeton University in New Jersey.
Both students learned of this opportunity while attending a state-wide JSA conference in Mesa as members of the JSA chapter at GCPHS. Once they were accepted into these competitive programs last April, both of them did some fundraising and started to prepare for the challenges of attending college, being away from home and making the most out of their experiences.
In a recent email to the school leader of GCPHS, Giles Glithero, Priscilla stated, “I lived with a group of girls whom I learned to appreciate and adore, much like I would a sister. My JSA Stanford family has impacted my life immensely. This was the first time I’ve felt so welcome and at home by people who were not my own family.”
Regarding her academic focus, Priscilla took a Speech & Political Communication course during her time at Stanford. As part of the curriculum, she explored the relationship between public discourse and the evolving role of government in American life through a balanced study of communication theory and practice. “I also learned how the media can sometimes shape a certain story to meet a specific agenda. I worked on my speech delivery, vocabulary, and tone to help me fit certain topics to specific age groups,” says Priscilla. “In addition, just from meeting students from other countries, I learned about cultures from around the world like, America Samoa, the Virgin Islands, the Philippines, England, Greece, Macedonia, Spain and the island of Pohnpei. It was really incredible. The people I have met will always be like a second family. I will never forget this great experience that was the highlight of my summer.”
Tyler McCarthy, also a high school junior at GCPHS, really enjoyed his time at the famed University in New Jersey. “I learned so much at Princeton. I was able to take an Advanced Placement (AP) U.S. Government & Politics course,” says Tyler, “After my class though; I had a congressional workshop for two hours where we learned to professionally debate topics and to correctly moderate a debate.”
Tyler took every opportunity to see, read and learn as much as possible about the history of the nation’s political system. “I have also read several different Federalist papers, which were written and published around the same time as the Constitution of the United States,” remarks Tyler in an email to Mr. Glithero.
“You can hear the excitement in their correspondence with us. Both of these students took advantage of these awesome opportunities in so many ways,” says Glithero. “Just to be studying on a magnificent college campus is wonderful, but to be attending classes, exploring some historical sites and learning so much about other cultures is an incredible and truly special opportunity they will never forget.
Both students will return to GCPHS in on August 4 and will likely have some great stories to tell about their experiences this summer. “I think the best part about the JSA Summer Program is that students can see this as an opportunity to reach for the stars – to become the best they can become. The students can honestly and genuinely see the possibilities of a bright future,” says Glithero. “This is just the beginning of the opportunities we hope to inspire our students to explore.”
Glenview College Prep High School serves 9 – 12 grade and is managed by The Leona Group. GCP is a tuition-free, charter public school with a singular core focus: to graduate students who are fully prepared – intellectually and socially – to study, compete and succeed at colleges and universities here in Arizona and across the nation.
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