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2021 Top College Acceptances

Top Private School Celebrates Seniors’ College Acceptances to Elite Universities 

American Heritage Schools is a leading college preparatory school with the highest number of National Merit Scholars of all private schools in the nation; our students receive acceptances to the nation’s finest colleges and universities each year.

This year is no exception.

"We’re really proud that, despite the challenges of Covid-19, there was no evidence of diminished learning; this is due to the excellence of our teachers and the perseverance of our students,” said Dr. Douglas Laurie, President of American Heritage Schools.

2021 College Acceptances


 

Kang, Matthew, UCLA
Matthew Kang

UCLA

Schneider, Alexandra, USC
Alexandra Schneider

USC

Sacco, Frank, Carnegie Mellon
Frank Sacco

Carnegie Mellon

Vijaywargiya, Tanishk, Johns Hopkins
Tanishk Vijaywargiya

Johns Hopkins

Martinez, Elena, Georgetown
Elena Martinez

Georgetown

Sun, Gabriel, Harvard
Gabriel Sun

Harvard

Mahesan, Vasakan, Darthmouth
Vasakan Mahesan

Dartmouth

Mark, Alexander, Brown
Alexander Mark

Brown

Cohen, Michael, NYU
Michael Cohen

NYU

Imran, Maryam, Wash U
Maryam Imran

Wash U

Elbanna, Lujain, NYU
Lujain Elbanna

NYU

Ayyanathan, Aishwarya, Vanderbilt
Aishwarya Ayyanathan

Vanderbilt

Mackey, Eric, University of Pennsylvania
Eric Mackey

U Penn

Kulberd, Ashley, Georgetown
Ashley Kulberg

Georgetown

Campbell, Tarik, Wash U
Tarik Campbell

Wash U

Deal, Conor, Emory
Conor Deal

Emory

Beek, Christian, Vanderbilt
Christian Beek

Vanderbilt

Diffenderfer, Hope, Berkeley
Hope Diffenderfer

Berkeley

Braverman, Martin, NYU
Martin Braverman

NYU

Bogen, Jonathan, Dartmouth
Jonathan Bogen

Dartmouth

Pierre Younes will be attending Johns Hopkins University fall of 2021
Pierre Younes

Johns Hopkins

Alexander Solomon will be attending Washington University fall of 2021
Alexander Solomon

Wash U

Ricardo Zapata will be attending Washington University Fall of 2021 and was accepted to NYU as well
Ricardo Zapata

Wash U

Elisa Carrillo will be attending Vanderbilt fall of 2021
Elisa Carrillo

Vanderbilt

Jose Ramirez will be attending Yale Fall of 2021 and was also accepted to Yale, MIT, Cal Tech and Vanderbilt
Jose Ramirez

Yale

top-college-acceptances-Aryan Ranjan will be attending Cornell fall of 2021 and was also accepted to Vanderbilt
Aryan Ranjan

Cornell 

Raphael Briceno will be attending Washington University fall of 2021
Raphael Briceno

Wash U

Rishi Patel will be attending Cornell fall of 2021
Rishi Patel

Cornell

Ella Noriega will be attending Carnegie Mellon fall of 2021
Ella Noriega

Carnegie Mellon

Kayla Rubenstein will be attending University of Chicago fall of 2021
Kayla Rubenstein

U Chicago

Roshni Mishra will be attending Washington University fall of 2021
Roshni Mishra

Wash U

Otero, Camila, Yale
Camila Otero

Yale

Paixao, Rita, Carnegie Mellon
Rita Paixao

Carnegie Mellon

Maron, Christopher, Brown
Christopher Maron

Brown

Mathew, Angelin, Yale
Angelin Mathew

Yale

Marek, Jake, US Air Force Academy
Jake Marek

US Air Force Academy

Marin, Melina, Wash U
Melina Marin

Wash U

Joseph, Jada, Brown
Jada Joseph

Brown

Lim, Elena, Vanderbilt
Elena Lim

Vanderbilt

Zayd Khan
Zayd Khan

Wash U

Iris Lang
Iris Lang

Harvard

Albert Lu
Albert Lu

MIT

Gauri Kasarla
Gauri Kasarla

Columbia

Jonah Jacobs
Jonah Jacobs

Duke

Michelle Hu
Michelle Hu

U Chicago

Daniel Haimes
Daniel Haimes

US Air Force Academy

Anisa Haffizulla
Anisa Haffizulla

Vanderbilt

Joshua Hartman
Joshua Hartman

Wash U

Srihari Gotluru
Srihari Gotluru

Wash U

Devin Futrell
Devin Futrell

Vanderbilt

Muchen Guo
Muchen Guo

Columbia

Benjamin Gomez del Campo
Benjamin Gomez del Campo

 Johns Hopkins

Justin Folks
Justin Folks

Harvard

Danielle Elzweig Columbia
Danielle Elzweig

Columbia

Montserrat De Allende Silva
Montserrat De Allende Silva

Yale

Carlie Dobrinsky
Carlie Dobrinsky

Wash U

Rebecca  Chiet
Rebecca Chiet

Columbia

Brandon Chandler
Brandon Chandler

Vanderbilt

Abdul-Jalil Dania
Abdul-Jalil Dania

Wash U

William Chan
William Chan

U Penn

 


 

 


 

According to a report by CNBC, the pandemic has made it harder for high school graduates to get into a top college. An example, Harvard University’s early action acceptance rate fell to 7.4% from 13.9%, while the number of total applicants rose to a record high. This proved the same at other selective schools, such as Yale University, University of Pennsylvania, and Dartmouth College. Data from the Common App college application organization indicates applications to large, prestigious universities skyrocketed in the 2020-21 school year.

Yet seniors at American Heritage can rejoice in their success as they hold acceptance letters from the Ivy Leagues and many other selective colleges and universities.

“This year students needed to prepare differently because schools held their interviews online,” explained Dr. Gabriela Zaviezo, a graduate of Brown (undergraduate), Columbia (graduate), and University of Miami (doctorate), and currently an AHS teacher and interview coach for students applying to selective colleges as well as for scholarships. "Having a connection with someone and relating your passion through a device is a completely different experience, so students' stories and narratives about who they are were essential in capturing the attention of their interviewer,” she added.

American Heritage students are dedicated, high achieving, and passionate about creating a better world and putting their academic, artistic, and altruistic endeavors to good use. Alumnus Mateus Falci, AHS ’10, Harvard ’14, attributes his success to the time he spent as a student at AHS, “I owe so much to American Heritage since the teachers and staff there started me on the path of learning and growing as an individual both at Harvard and in the next stages of my adult life.”

Angelin Mathew is a senior at American Heritage Schools’ Broward campus and will be attending Yale University in the fall pursuing a double major in Molecular, Cellular, Developmental Biology and Ethnicity & Migration. She reflects on how her experience at American Heritage shaped her future, “I've been able to do research, Model United Nations, and activism throughout the past four years at American Heritage with access to college-level lab facilities, dedicated mentors, and international competitions. These experiences molded me to be more confident and helped me figure out what kind of impact I want to make on the world.”

Albert Lu is also graduating from the Broward campus of American Heritage Schools and will be attending the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He completed the AHS Computer Science program, which inspired him to become a software engineer, and acquired valuable skills in high school. “As someone who juggled 17 AP classes and multiple extracurriculars, I learned time management is the key to managing the course load and to succeeding at MIT and beyond,” Albert said.

Heading to Harvard in the fall, Gabriel Sun, AHS graduate from the Palm Beach campus, will major in Applied Mathematics and pursue a career at the intersection of tech and business. “American Heritage has prepared me for both my future studies at Harvard and my life beyond college by strengthening my leadership skills,” Gabriel said. “Through exploring the wide variety of academic and extracurricular opportunities at American Heritage, I’ve become a better problem-solver and teammate, while also growing my desire to effect positive change in society.” 

The rigorous curriculum and access to high-level resources at American Heritage Schools continue to prove successful year after year as the capabilities of our students keep expanding and their goals are shaped for the future.