In this issue of eSeedlings: SEEDS' All Star Spotlight on Devika Patel, highlights from SEEDS' CPP Commencement Ceremony, and summer dates of note.
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June 2014
SEEDS' All Stars
Devika Patel
Scholars '08,
Montclair Kimberley Academy '12,
Stanford University '16

Last summer, Devika Patel worked as a research assistant in Stanford University's Army High Performance Computing Research Center alongside her professor - Dr. Adrian Lew. While there, she studied meshing algorithms to visually represent systems, helped create and code an iPad application, and developed situations to test the algorithm. 

You have been busy at Stanford! Any highlights from the past year to share?
The past year has been amazing. I had the honor of addressing the incoming freshman class at Stanford's Faces of Community along with fellow SEEDling D'Shai Hendricks (Scholars '06, Lawrenceville School '10, Stanford '14, Citigroup). I've been involved in research, was an assistant for a mechanical engineering project course, and was able to dive deeper into my major - Product Design Engineering.

What are your plans for this summer?
I will be researching at the Kozmetsky Global Collaboratory at Stanford and working with a community in rural India on sanitation and hygiene. As part of my work, I will accompany my professor to the field site near Ahmedabad, India where I will conduct field research and implement prototypes. I will also be a design fellow for Medic Mobile, working on their antenatal care use case as it is implemented in Nepal. I also received funding to work on a personal project - building a database and algorithm to connect parents of autistic children with the resources they need.

What are your goals for the future?
My goals for the future are to possibly go to grad school and look at either product design engineering, medical device design, public health or business. In addition, I hope to work for a tech nonprofit or health startup in Silicon Valley and immerse myself in health and social entrepreneurship.

What is the single best thing that SEEDS has taught you?
SEEDS has taught me the sheer power and importance of hard work and dedication. Without my hard work and dedication, and that of my community, my parents, and those who came before me, I would not be where I am today. SEEDS has taught me to constantly strive for something more than myself, and to always remember my roots. For that, I am truly grateful.

Your sister, Riya (Scholars' 13, 

Morristown-Beard '17), also graduated from SEEDS. Was that important to you?
Riya graduating from SEEDS was very important not only for me, but for my family. Striving for academic and personal excellence has become a cornerstone of my sister's - and my - personal journeys, and we are both grateful for the opportunities it has offered us to succeed. I am immensely proud of the smart young woman my sister has blossomed into.
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Reminder for SEEDS graduates in high school:
SEEDS wants to know what summer programs you are involved in! Please send information to Johulin Zuluaga.

For all Scholars and Young Scholars alumni graduating high school this month: please submit official SAT scores and college lists to SEEDS' Guidance department.
CPP Celebrates the Class of 2014
On June 9, 29 high school seniors from Orange and Trenton Central High Schools graduated from SEEDS' College Preparatory Program. After completing more than 700 hours in academic classes with SEEDS, scholars will head off to colleges and universities across the country with robust financial aid packages. (Photos available here.)

Working closely with SEEDS' placement team and their volunteer mentors, this year's class received 144 acceptances from 55 institutions across the country. A complete list of our graduates is available on SEEDS' website.
Congratulations to SEEDS' newest scholars!
New Jersey SEEDS is proud to announce that 149 new Scholars and Young Scholars have been accepted to begin academic classes this summer!

SEEDS received more than 700 applications for the two programs, and competition for selection was intense. More than 250 finalists were invited to interview and test with SEEDS before decisions were announced.

Program Recaps
To provide SEEDS students with the kinds of cultural experiences they will likely encounter in their placement schools, Scholars and Young Scholars visited the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 10 as part of their annual Arts Trip. Scholars researched assigned art in advance of their visit and acted as docents to present selected pieces to their classmates. Following time in the Met, Scholars saw Broadway's Cinderella the Musical; Young Scholars attended Matilda the Musical.

Young Scholars participated in their final Book Club event of the year on May 17. Student facilitators encouraged students to "continue the story" with any of the books they had read at previous Book Club session. Students developed trivia questions about the books and decorated book-shaped cookies with their own jacket covers. Each Young Scholar left with two books to read this summer. Special thanks to the Book Club volunteers and facilitators who worked with students throughout the year!
Placement Update: Scholars and Young Scholars

To date, 92 percent of Young Scholars have been placed at selective schools across the country with substantial financial aid packages. In the fall, SEEDS' 24 Young Scholars will receive $551,150 in financial aid from their placement schools.

Ninety-five percent of SEEDS Scholars have already been placed in selective schools across the country. The 92 Scholars received a total of 137 acceptances from nearly 80 institutions. Scholars attending their placement schools will receive more than $3.3M in financial aid this fall.

Congratulations to all of SEEDS Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2014 on their hard work this year! Additional placement information will be available in the next issue of eSeedlings.
In the weeks before their graduation, College Preparatory Program seniors had the opportunity to visit Washington, D.C. on their senior trip. Scholars visited the Lincoln Memorial, Martin Luther King, Jr. Monument, the Washington Monument, the World War II Memorial and The White House; students also toured the Holocaust Museum. In early May, 21 sophomores and juniors attended mock interviews at Barclays. Barclays employees volunteered to interview students in advance of their college admissions interviews and provided advice and feedback to students.  
In early June, SEEDS' Guidance department hosted a networking event at Martini 494 for SEEDS' Alumni Networking EventCPP, Scholars and Young Scholars graduates. There were more than two dozen guests in attendance, including several industry professionals who came out to meet SEEDS alumni.

In the coming months, the Guidance department will host several college preparatory events, including: College Day (June 21), SAT Prep Classes (beginning July 10 at the SEEDS office or offered online free of charge through Method Test Prep) and college tours (August). Contact the Guidance team for additional details.

Congratulations to the students who have already obtained summer internships and opportunities through SEEDS, including:
The Guidance department is currently looking for students to participate in the Community Engagement Internship Program. Spaces are limited, so please contact Johulin Zuluaga for details.
Scholars' busy and unique summers are made possible by the generosity of many friends. Please join us this summer to see the impact of your support firsthand.

Upcoming Events:
  • July 17 - Young Scholars Luncheon, Delbarton School, Morristown
  • July 24 - Capstone Visitation Day, The Hill School, Pottstown, PA
  • August 2 - Scholars and Young Scholars Graduation, Summit High School, Summit
  • August 16 - Precious Passdowns Boutique, SEEDS Office, Newark (Now accepting clothing donations.)

Contact Jennifer Mehr for additional information or to RSVP.
SEEDS Summer Reading Suggestions

Thank you to the heads of school who participated in our first annual Book List survey. Two books stood out as most influential for our partners: David & Goliath by Malcom Gladwell and Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley.
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