In this issue of eSeedlings: SEEDS' All Star Spotlight on Wit Yee Kyaw, an overview of SEEDS' summer programs and a feature on Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2014.
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August 2014
SEEDS' All Stars
Wit Yee Kyaw
CPP '14,
Denison University '18

In June, Wit Yee was one of 29 high school seniors who graduated from SEEDS' College Preparatory Program. After spending three years in Saturday classes with SEEDS - plus two weeks each summer at Hobart and William Smith Colleges - Wit Yee is headed to Denison University.

Why is a good education important to you and what are your goals for the future?
A good education is important to me because it will help me achieve my goals and will allow me to one day support my family. I hope to become a pediatrician and continue to volunteer in my community.

How has SEEDS help advance your education?
SEEDS has helped me in so many ways. I learned how to present in front of people because SEEDS pushed me so hard to help me overcome my shyness. SEEDS also prepared me academically as I worked to improve my study skills in math, science and English.

How has your high school experience been compared to peers who did not go through SEEDS?
I've gained more experiences than those who did not go through SEEDS and have had a chance to meet wonderful people from different cultures. I also had a chance to visit many campuses during my college search.

What does New Jersey SEEDS mean to you?
SEEDS means a lot to me; I'm not sure I can even describe it. Without SEEDS, I would not be the person I have become and I would not have made the lasting friendships that I did. The College Preparatory Program is the best and I can't imagine myself not having completed it. I would not be at Denison University if it were not for SEEDS. SEEDS prepared me for a bright future and the memories I made along the way were priceless.
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New Jersey SEEDS' annual Precious Passdowns Back to School Boutique drew nearly 150 students, alumni and family members to shop for new and gently-used clothing on Saturday, August 16. Thank you to those who donated clothes, attended collection events, helped set up for the event and came to shop at our Boutique!
On July 31, SEEDS' Alumni Alliance hosted a networking event at Sunita Bar in New York City. Thanks to all alumni who attended!
Winner Hermione Brice with her new ChromeBook.

Congratulations to the 2014 Leigh & Randy Porges Spirit Award winners: Hermione Brice and Anthony Perdue!
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ments or photos at your placement schools and colleges. 

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Congratulations to SEEDS Scholars and Young Scholars in the Class of 2014!
Scholars and Young Scholars completed their 14-month programs on Saturday, August 2 with SEEDS' annual Graduation Ceremony. Hundreds of family members and friends came to Summit High School to celebrate the accomplishments of the 113 rising sixth, seventh and ninth graders who will be enrolling in their new placement schools this fall. Ninety-five percent of Scholars and Young Scholars have been placed to date and will receive approximately $3,000,000 directly from the schools they will attend this fall.

At the ceremony, several students were honored for academic and leadership accomplishments:

  • Dhwani Bharvad (Scholars, Kent School) was named the Blair MacInnes Scholar for her outstanding academic achievement and dedication to education while enrolled in the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
  • Maria Marin (Scholars, Morristown-Beard School) was the recipient of the Cavalier Scholarship, which helps to underwrite tuition at an independent school for a high-achieving student. The scholarship is generously awarded by the F&P DeRosa Memorial Fund.
  • Sahibdip Saini (Scholars, The Hill School) was presented with the Dean’s Award for his overall accomplishments, strong leadership, citizenship, exceptional academic qualities and great personality while enrolled in the Scholars Program.
  • Christian Flores (Scholars, High Tech High School) was named the Amy Ziebarth Scholar for his passion for social justice and strong commitment to SEEDS while enrolled in the Scholars Program.
  • Michael Montenegro (Scholars, Dwight-Englewood School) was named the Dwight L. Wilson Scholar for his personal and work ethic, honesty, integrity, and love of education while enrolled in the New Jersey SEEDS Scholars Program.
  • Rebeka Zambrano (Young Scholars, Kent Place School) was named the Edward and Barbara Becker Scholar for her outstanding academic achievement and exemplary work while in the Young Scholars Program.
  • Bao Pham (Scholars, The Pingry School) was named the John S. Scurci Scholar for being an exceptional SEEDS student.
For a complete list of selective schools that partnered with SEEDS to offer acceptance and financial aid packages to our exceptional students, please visit our website. Congratulations to all of our graduates!
20th Annual Golf & Tennis Classic Raises Over $200,000 to Support Future Scholars

On Monday, August 4, more than 160 golfers, tennis players and guests headed to Mountain Ridge Country Club to attend the Annual Bleakley, Schwartz, Cooney & Finney, LLC Golf & Tennis Classic benefiting New Jersey SEEDS. Thanks to the generous support of sponsors and attendees, SEEDS raised enough to provide 13 exceptional students with life changing educational experiences. Click here to view photos of the event.

For information on upcoming events, please contact Parinaz Cole.
Program Recaps
Young Scholars in Steps 1 and 3 spent five weeks this summer on the campus of Delbarton School (Morristown). In their daily academics with SEEDS, Young Scholars engaged in mathematics, English and history classes and participated in workshops focusing on time management, goal setting, diversity and embracing failure as a step toward success. In addition to their time in the classroom and a visit to the Museum of Natural History, SEEDS Young Scholars in Step 1 had the opportunity to meet with admissions representatives from selective schools in preparation for the application process. (Photos available online.)

Young Scholars also worked closely with Goldman Sachs employees. Led by SEEDS Trustee Emmanuel Bello (SEEDS ’00) and joined by Goldman Sachs colleagues, including Krystle Davis (SEEDS ‘02), Natalia Torres (SEEDS ‘97), and SEEDS Trustee Theo Lubke, volunteers from Goldman Sachs worked in small groups with Young Scholars to teach them the art of storytelling, lessons in entrepreneurship and how to create business plans. 

Young Scholars entering Step 2 will head back to class with SEEDS on September 6 at Newark Academy (Livingston).
SEEDS Scholars have spent the last few weeks participating in rigorous academic classes. In June, more than 120 rising eighth graders began a three-week residency at The Hill School (Pottstown, Pa.). As part of the Goldman Sachs Summer Challenge Program (SCP), students engaged in six days of classes, participated in electives such as sign language and Chinese, and took part in a variety of sporting activities. Scholars also had special visitors when 250 family members attended SEEDS' annual Parent Day on July 5. (Photos from SCP and Parent Day are available online.) At the conclusion of SCP, 95 of the strongest students were invited to continue to the next stage of the Scholars Program - the annual Leadership Retreat (held last week at Princeton-Blairstown Center) and Scholars Academy Saturdays, sponsored by The Coach Foundation, beginning Saturday, September 6. 

Just a few weeks later, Scholars completing their final weeks with SEEDS headed back to The Hill School for the Capstone Experience, a second three-week residency. Before graduating from SEEDS, Scholars engaged in classes focusing on one of four tracks (Arts & Culture, Business & Finance, Law & Society and STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). Thanks to the special guests who took time to present to our Scholars about their educational trajectory and careers: Cheryl Adams, Maureen Austin, Holly Brown, Norman Brown, Chris Broussard, Crystal Broussard, Nancy Campbell, Dr. Jessica Costa, Thomas D. Gaffney, Dr. Jim Hansel, Euraina Jones, Kevin Lasenberry, Jamil McClintock, Ahmad Raza, and SEEDS Trustee Claire Santaniello (View photos.)
In late June, more than 70 scholars enrolled in SEEDS' College Preparatory Program (CPP) headed to Hobart and William Smith Colleges for a two-week academic session. During their time on campus, students participated in mathematics, English, logic and Human Behavior classes; experienced electives such as forensics and dance; and took part in CPP's annual SEEDS Olympics (Photos available online).

CPP scholars will continue their classes on Semester 13 at NJIT.
For the past several weeks, SEEDS alumni in high school and college have been working closely with our Guidance department to secure internships and other opportunities or continue their college search. 

From August 13 - 14, 26 high school students joined SEEDS for a college tour (view photos). Students visited Haverford College, Princeton University, Swarthmore College and Villanova University on the two-day trip. In addition, 25 scholar alumni completed the SAT prep class hosted by SEEDS twice each week during the month of July.

Graduates also took part in a variety of internships and other opportunities through SEEDS' Guidance department, including:
Congratulations to all SEEDS alumni on the great work they've accomplished this summer!
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