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Jaislene Vinas ’17

 

Graduating this year from: Central High School. Favorite subject: “I always liked math, but now my favorite is science.” Especially: The day her AP Environmental Science class went to a local pond to do water testing. Is also taking: AP Calculus, AP Literature. Class rank: #3. Junior project topic: Stereotypes of low-income populations. “I wanted to send a message with my project, so I approached it personally.” Her conclusion: “If we focus more on urban students who are passionate about education, then high school and college-going rates will increase.” Other honors: Selected as a Bank of America Student Leader. Testified at the State House with Governor Gina Raimondo about a plan for free college tuition. Advice for Crusaders going into high school: “Don’t even think you can put your homework off and watch a movie. Do your homework first. Get involved. Start things. Don’t let drama get in your way. If you mess up your education, you’re messing up your life.” Favorite Crusade program: A ropes course with other Crusaders. “I met all new people that day. It was fun. We had to get to know each other fast and learn a lot of teamwork to do the challenges.” About my Crusade advisors: “My first advisor in high school was really personal and helpful and understanding and tough in a good way, always checking on my grades.” Her current advisor: “I have never met anyone so caring. He called everybody to get up early and get ready on SAT day and made sure nobody fell apart. I have never met so many people who care about my future.” What she looks for in a friend: “Integrity. Someone who wants the best for you and wants to grow with you.” What she does for fun: “I love tennis.” Serves as: Team captain. Other extracurricular: She is a member of the debate team and won Best Speaker in her division. Latest big accomplishment: Founded the current student government in her school and was elected president all four years. Because: “I love school spirit.” Also: Getting through the college application process. Will attend: Connecticut College. To study: Biomedical engineering. Latest big challenge: Being bullied by peers who did not want her to succeed. “They were people who thought I shouldn’t strive or stand out, and they made things hard for me.” How she overcame it: With help from her family and other adult advocates. Takeaway: “Don’t let anything get in the way of your education.” Dream job: To work in a hospital with babies that have difficulties. To help the schools in her community improve. To serve as a role model. To give back. “I want everyone to have a chance.”

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