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Melissa Maccarini

Alaisha Alexander

Coming to School for Advanced Studies has been one of the best experiences of my life. Having previously attended an all girl’s school, I was at first hesitant to even consider SAS as an option. After doing some extensive research and discovering that many students at this school had been accepted to the highest-ranking colleges, I made it my goal to get accepted. The teachers at SAS have been nothing short of available at all times, making the needs and concerns of the students their priority. Not to mention, the college classes at MDC give the students their own responsibility to attend class and manage their time between high school and college. SAS provides a program that brings focus and independence to individuals in a competitive yet welcoming environment.

As secretary of the Gay-Straight Alliance Club and treasurer of the Chess Club, I have learned that the students of SAS are truly exceptional at making all different people feel welcome. It is a small yet close-knitted school that brings together ambitious individuals in their last two years of high school. It is an unforgettable experience that serves as a challenge for those who are willing to take it—a challenge with positive outcomes for the future. I have learned to test myself in ways that have brought out my strengths and weaknesses, an insight that has helped me tremendously. Through the help of the teachers and my dedication, SAS has been the perfect school to maximize my potential.


Melissa Maccarini
School for Advanced Studies, Class of 2014
University California Los Angeles (UCLA), Class of 2016




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