Two Orosi High students chosen for summer program
By Keven J. Geaney | Sentinel staff
Published:Ai?? (edited for accuracy)
Two incoming seniors at Orosi High School will be the first high school students from the Central Valley to attend aAi??prestigious summer school program at Stanford University in Palo Alto on June 22.
Karina Arenivaz and Janette Madrigal, two of Orosi High’s top students, were shocked and excited to be chosen to attend the program at the prestigious private college.
“I didn’t believe I got accepted,” Janette said.
Karina found out she was accepted a couple of days before Janette.
“My initial reaction was, I didn’t believe it when I read it on my iPad,” Karina said. “I didn’t think I was going to get in because it’s Stanford and I didn’t think my grades were good enough and my involvement. I didn’t think I was up to par.”
The girls hope they were chosen for this program because of all their extra-curricular activities, their academics and their essay on their application. They don’t want to be given the spot because they are from a small, rural high school. They hope to prove they belong at Stanford by getting A’s.
“If we get A’s it shows we belong here and that we are just as good as other privileged kids,” Janette said.
The soon-to-be seniors said that Assistant Principal Jason Trevino told them about the summer school program. They spent a couple of months working on the application, besides all their other homework.
“We wanted to make sure we sent off the best application we could,” Karina said.
Janette said the two of them helped each other with filling out the online application, except when it came down to the essay portion. On this part of the application the girls wanted to put their own thoughts and feelings into the essay.
The girls had a choice of two essay questions. Each one chose “Three things you can’t live without.”
Karina said she chose three character traits that are most important to her. They are trust of family, wisdom of elders and emotional support.
Janette talked about support from family and friends, the need for problems in the world so she could fix them and the ability to better herself.
“I like fixing problems,” Janette said. “A utopian society can’t survive. You need the Yin and the Yang.”
The next step was paying for the summer school program. Each student has to come up with $7,500 for one eight-week course. If the students want additional classes it would cost even more. The students will receive college credit and a Stanford school identification number.
Luckily, Eduardo Gonzalez, Board President of theAi??Rising Scholars Academy, is helping raise funds to offset the cost of the summer school course.
The Orosi High students will be living off-campus and commuting to Stanford during the eight weeks, because staying in a dorm on campus was going to cost a lot more. The girls stated that Gonzalez has been working on finding living arrangements for them.
The course the two students are thinking about taking is international relations. They are also thinking about taking an English class, but are leaning toward international relations.
“It’s a class not offered in colleges around here and we both think we would be interested in going into that field,” Karina said.
The girls don’t yet know what college they want to attend when they graduate from Orosi High next spring or what they want to major in, but both said Stanford could be a possibility.
“I never would have thought about attending Stanford, but now I might think about it. It depends on how we do this summer,” Karina said.
Not only are the girls taking a Stanford class this summer, but they also have homework for four Advanced Placement classes scheduled in the fall.
“We have homework during the summer for our four AP classes we are taking as seniors,” Janette said.
The girls hope to get most of the AP homework completed before they leave for Palo Alto on June 20. Orientation is on June 21 and class starts on June 22.
Recently the girls found out that they will be missing the first two days of their senior year at Orosi High, because the Stanford program ends on Aug. 14.
When asked what advice they could give to students who want to apply for the summer program next year, the girls said to gather information on the program as early as possible and to get the application completed as early as possible.
“I think I ended up turning in my application a couple of days before the deadline,” Janette said.
When asked about their grade point average at Orosi High, Janette said she has a 4.2 GPA and Karina said she has a 4.0 GPA.
Despite doing so well at Orosi High the girls are still nervous about attending the summer program.
“I don’t think it still has hit me that I am going to Stanford this summer,” Janette said. “I don’t think it will fully register until I’m there.”
Karina hoped to come to the realization that she’s attending Stanford this summer sooner, but for awhile she was in denial.
For more information about the Rising Scholars Academy program please visit www.risingscholarsacademy.org