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Chance Me -- UPenn ED

mrGrind257mrGrind257 2 replies4 threads New Member
Hi, I am a rising senior currently attending the Texas Academy of Mathematics and Science, a boarding school program for juniors and seniors in Denton, TX. I have a class size of approximately 200 students and there is no concept of ranking. I come from a small charter school in Austin, which I attended in 9th and 10th grade. The class size was 80 students and I had limited opportunities there, which is why I applied to TAMS and when I was accepted, I have attended it since.

Test Scores:
ACT: 33 (Math: 32, Science: 30, Reading: 33, English: 35) (Just re-took it in July and hoping for a better score)

SAT: 1450 (Math: 750, Verbal: 700) (Superscore: 1460 (Math: 760, Verbal: 700) (Also working on this atm, will be taking the August exam)

PSAT: 1490 (Math: 750, Verbal: 740) , Index: 223/228 (Probably National Merit if I get my SAT score up, lol)

SAT Subject Tests: Biology E: 760, Math: 710 (Probably going to either re-submit math or only submit Biology since I believe ACT w/writing makes up for lack of subject tests)

GPA UW: 4.0/4.0

Advanced Courses (Taken former high school): IB DL SL Year I Physics, IB DP SL Year I Mathematics, and Computer Science I (Only Higher Level Courses Offered at Former School for 10th graders)

Courses Taken/Will Take at Current School: BIOL I, BIOL II (Equivalent of AP Biology + More), CHEM I, CHEM II (Equivalent of AP Chem + More), MicroEcon, Calculus I, Calculus II, Organic Chemistry I, Organic Chemistry II, Physics I (Mechanics), Physics II (Electricity + Magnetism), History I, History II, Political Science I, Research

Extra-Curricular Activities :

(Both till present and into Senior Year also note most of the extra-curricular activities which say 9th and 10th and don't show continuity are probably like that because I couldn't participate in those activities in my new school or chose to do something else since I had more opportunities in 11th and 12th grade):

Varsity Cross Country (9th): Position: Individual Contributor (Won top 25 at multiple races)

Varsity Tennis (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th): Position: Captain (11th, 12th)

Class Office (9th and 10th): Positions: Vice President (9th grade), President (10th grade)

Piano: (9th, 10th, 11th, 12th)

Research: (11th and 12th)

Model United Nations (9th and 10th) : Positions: Developmental Team Lead for Middle School Model United Nations (9th and 10th), Head Delegate (10th), MWS-MUN Technology and Communications Director (10th)

FTC Robotics (10th): Position: Software Team Lead

Science Club (9th, 10th): Position: Individual Contributor

TAMS Academic Society (12th): Position: Biology Committee Head

IEEE (12th): Position: Professional Outreach Manager.

1. Blox-Mob-App-A-Thon Best Design Award 1st Place (9th Grade):

2. All State Student Athlete (9th, 10th grade):

3. Inducted into NHS (10th grade)

4. Magna Cum Laude (9th, 10th grade)

5. Language Arts Student of the Year (9th grade)

6. BUMUN (Baylor Model United Nations) Position Paper Honorable Mention (9th grade)

7. Lake Travis Youth Entrepreneurship Hackathon First Place (10th grade)

8. President's List (11th grade): Awarded for maintaining a 4.0/4.0 GPA while taking at least 12 credit hours worth of courses

9. TAMS Summer Research Scholarship (11th grade): $4000 stipend awarded for continuity of and outstanding research at the University of North Texas.

10. EarthxHack DFW 2019 Finalist, Top 5 Teams out of 50+ teams (11th grade)

11. Youngest Presenter at the International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (Summer of 11th): Presented a novel research poster regarding platelets at a medical and research conference that is held in Melbourne, Australia.

12.Top Poster Prize awarded at International Society of Thrombosis and Hemostasis (Summer of 11th)

13. Awaiting a Co-Authorship on a Publication for an Animal Physiology Research Project which assesses the affects of crude oil on the respiratory system of quails (11th, 12th)

Work Experience
Software Analyst at Hospitals Now Incorporated Healthcare: Researched how to use machine learning algorithms such as KNearestNeighbors and RandomForest and use them to optimize software, how to incentivize EHR adoption in the healthcare industry, and used former experience with SQL to efficiently and effectively manage data.

Volunteer Work:
SICMUN Model United Nations Conference -- Director of Technology (10th grade)
GEMUN (Global Elementary Model United Nations Conference) Information Center Manager (9th, 10th grade)
Texas Veg Fest (9th grade)
Baylor Scott and White Shadowing (11th grade)
Aspire Mentorship Mentor (11th, 12th)
TAMS Medical Society Outreach Volunteer (11th, 12th)

TAMS Sports Club Website (11th-Present): Used programming and design skills to develop and maintain the TAMS Sports Club Website based on the directions of the Sports Club executive board.

TopSoil (11th-Present): The goal of this software was to create an algorithm which optimizes water usage based on a variety of regional topological factors. Created during the HackEarth hackathon and have been working on updating it so it can be optimized since then.

Tech Odds Ends Website (9th-Present): Self-created website made in Bootstrap that was used to deploy several test projects for clients.

Personal Project (Clubtastic v1.0) (9th, 10th): Used a newly released Javascript framework from FaceBook called React Native to build a mobile iOS and Android application which functions as a Club Info. Hub.

Please let me know if you have any questions. Thanks.
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  • skieuropeskieurope 40797 replies7569 threads Super Moderator
    I believe ACT w/writing makes up for lack of subject tests)
    It doesn't. Not anymore.
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  • cptofthehousecptofthehouse 30284 replies59 threads Senior Member
    Your numbers do not make the accept circle for UPenn from my kid’s high school. But you do have a geographic edge being from Texas and going ED is also an edge. My kid with your numbers did get into Rice with a very similar Academic profile—slightly higher ACT than yours. Without a 34 on ACT or 750 on each part of Sat1 and 2, chances go way down at the top schools.

    Did you take any AP exams? This year was last to get them to count since senior year results are not in till after the entire process is over.

    You should check out your school’s Naviance data as that will tell you a lot about how your courses and grades stack up with schools like Penn. I’m using East coast private prep school numbers which would not apply to you.
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  • SougiyaSougiya 43 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited August 2019
    yeah you seem cool but who knows. (sorry that's really the most specific and highest chance anybody can get)

    also common app isn't going to let you put that many honors (they take like 5 dude) so trim that down. activities wise idk but its weird you're calling yourself an individual contributor you mean a reg member right?
    edited August 2019
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