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June 11, 2014

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MRH Students Participate in Washington University Summer Program

students participating in Washington university summer program Earlier this year, Washington University in St. Louis announced the first cohort of its College Prep Program, a new multi-year initiative that will prepare high-achieving high school students with limited financial resources for college.

Twenty-six rising high school sophomores were selected from a pool of 125 applicants. All applicants were nominated by a member of the St. Louis community. The students hail from schools across the region.

Out of those 26 students, two are from Maplewood Richmond Heights High School. Madyson Silver and LaDarien Green were both selected to participate in this program.

From June 8-20, 2014, the students will live on campus, attend lectures and participate in various enrichment and leadership development activities.

They will return the following two summers for a three-week visit. During their second and third summers on campus, the students will take courses for credit and begin intensive college readiness programs, which include preparation for college entrance exams and drafting the college essay.

Washington University students, faculty and staff will remain in contact with members of the cohort throughout the school year as well, offering guidance and support.

Leah Merrifield, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at WUSTL, says the goal is to help first-generation students feel comfortable on a college campus and to teach parents ways to support their children as they apply to and then attend college.  

                               

For more information, contact MRH School District at (314) 644-4400.