Updated chance thread, URM for HYPS (Gotta love those acronyms)
GPA: 4.0 UW/4.6 W
Rank: 11/about 600. I made a thread about this a while back; I got terrible grades in classes taken in 8th grade and since then have gotten straight A's.
School: Poor, crappy public
SAT I: 800 Writing, 800 Reading, 740 Math
SAT II: 800 Math II, 800 Literature, 800 US History
APs: Environmental Science and US History pending (Hoping for 5s!). Will take 5 APs next year as well.
Debate 11-12: Started off horribly, got a lot better, and eventually won my league in public forum debate. Varsity public forum captain in 12th grade, also probable officer.
Academic Decathlon 11-12: Slacked off before scrimmage and ended up on 2nd team. Got the second-highest score on either team, barely losing to a senior two years ahead of me in math, taking economics, and with musical background. This year, I'm working really hard and will probably score significantly higher. Also probably president.
MUN 11-12: Officer 12
Vietnamese Culture Club 11-12: Vice President 12
Science Fiction Club 9-12: Probably VP/Pres 12
Dungeons and Dragons Club 12: Co-founder, co-president.
Student of the month, several academic achievement awards, probable National Merit Finalist, Hispanic Recognition Award for PSAT.
Really good essay writer, and my teachers love me. My English teacher this year said I was probably the best writer/student he's had in almost 40 years of teaching. I admit that roughly 95% of my app starts junior year. This is because I was extremely afraid of taking risks early in my high school career, and it was a huge step for me to join all of those things. I will probably address this in an essay. My classes are not the most difficult offered at my school because I was forced to repeat Algebra I in 8th grade after receiving a B- in 7th grade (really hard year for me). Thus, I'm a year "behind" in math (actually on the normal, not accelerated, path), but I'm skipping Calculus AB and going straight to BC next year, so I'll be caught up.
Please chance me for:
Yale (top choice, SCEA)
UCLA & UCB (in-state)
USC (2-generation legacy, grandfather was a professor there for 50 years)
Thanks in advance!