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Sam Merritt

Melany Hernandez

Once I established a close group of friends and became comfortable at my previous high school, the idea of switching to SAS made me very nervous. Despite my qualms, I accepted the opportunity with a hopeful and eager heart. After the first quarter of my junior year, I realized that the School for Advanced Studies is a high school unlike any other, filled with motivated and unique students. What started as an awkward group of unfamiliar high schoolers quickly developed into the tightly knit SAS student body, cultivated by engaging classes and impromptu study groups. The school's culture is notable for its quirkiness and being inclusive.

Respect from the administration and generous amounts of freedom come at a price: responsibility. I have grown into a much more responsible and organized individual through my time at SAS. These traits have helped me manage my workload and have prepared me to be more successful in college/adulthood. The professors and teachers that I have had at SAS served to guide and refine my outlook on politics, philosophy, and life. I believe this school is the most intellectually stimulating one in Florida, which has provided me with opportunities that I never would have dreamed of. I can honestly say that I have never, not even for a second, had a feeling of regret during my SAS experience.

Sam Merritt
SAS Kendall Campus, Class of 2017
University of Chicago, Class of 2021




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