- Council of the Great City Schools
- Celebrating Outstanding 2021 Urban School Graduates
Digital Urban Educator - June/July 2021
Celebrating Outstanding 2021 Urban School Graduates
- True Grit in Fresno: One Graduate’s Journey
- Oakland Student Is High School’s First Black Male Valediction
- Palm Beach Student Overcomes Grief
- Newark Student Gets Accepted to Seven Ivy League Schools
- Minneapolis Student Doesn’t Let Language Barrier Deter Her
- El Paso Senior Headed to West Point
- Richmond Valedictorian Aims to Become a Teacher
- Fort Worth Student Overcomes Obstacles
- Study Shows Urban Students Mitigating the Effects of Poverty
- New Blueprint to Help Urban School Districts Spend COVID-19 Relief Funds
- New Leaders in Houston, Denver and Toronto
- Nation’s Big-City Public Schools Ramp Up Efforts to Vaccinate Students
- New Leadership at Council Begins
- Dallas Urban Educator of the Year Awards $10,000 Green-Garner Scholarship
- Legislative Column
- Four Urban Students Win CGCS-Bernard Harris Scholarships in Math and Science
- Council Names New Research Director
- Bond for Tulsa Public Schools Passes
- First Alaskan and Indigenous Student to Receive Princeton Prize in Race Relations
- Buffalo Public Schools Receives 1619 Project-Pulitzer Education Center Grant
- Los Angeles Partners with Music Producers to Open New High School
- Toledo Public Schools Launches Partnership with Delta Airlines
Newark Student Gets Accepted to Seven Ivy League Schools
Janic Aguirre, a 2021 graduate of Bard Early College High School in Newark, N.J., figured he would apply to college only once in his life, so he applied to all eight Ivy League schools. And his bet paid off because he received acceptances from seven of them and was wait-listed for the eighth one.
“I kind of took the YOLO (You Only Live Once) approach, I thought this will be the only time I apply to college so why not?” said Aguirre.
He received acceptance letters from Harvard University, Princeton University, Yale University, Columbia University, Dartmouth College, Cornell University and the University of Pennsylvania and was wait-listed into Brown University.
In the fall, Aguirre will attend Yale University, majoring in anthropology. A first-generation college student, Aguirre has been named a 2021 Gates Scholar and a QuestBridge Scholar, which will help ease the stress of trying to figure out how to pay his tuition.
When asked what words he would use to describe himself, Aguirre replied, “Some of my classmates call me quirky, and helpful, and curious.” That curiosity has led him from wanting a career in astrophysics, computer science, and law to Mayan epigraphy, which he intends to pursue after studying anthropology Yale.
The word “curious” came about twice when the same question was asked of his professor, Joanne Baron. “Janic is one of those people who just really seems to excel at everything he does,” said Baron. “My colleagues and I actually had a bit of a competition to see who could get Janic interested in their specialty – and I feel like I won that competition.”
It is thanks to Baron and her course on Ancient Mayan writing, that Janic has landed at his current interest of Mayan epigraphy. Bard Early College High School is a partnership between Bard College and Newark Public Schools and through Bard’s Early College program, students are encouraged to explore their curiosities and take electives and classes of their interests with hopes to steer them in the direction of their future career goals, if not at least assist in deciding their major in college.
Coming from a family of Japanese and Nicaraguan descent, Aguirre who speaks fluent Japanese, is currently constructing his own language – with up to 300 words done so far. Carla Stephens, principal of Bard, notes, “Janic is always in pursuit of ways to feed his passion for knowledge, I am proud and excited for him to arrive at his next “place to think” and to continue nourishing his greatness. I can hardly wait to see the mark that he leaves on this world.”