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Exciting College News for the Class of 2013

SJND is happy to report that students in the Class of 2013 have been accepted to their top choice science schools, and dozens of graduates will be attending private Catholic universities that have offered generous scholarships. Here are some of the high points:

--Eric Baskett, a commended National Merit Scholar, is going to Cal on a Regents and Chancellors scholarship to study astrophysics; Paul Rothhammer-Ruiz is going to Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, to study engineering; and, Tristan Wilson, also a commended National Merit Scholar, is going to UC Davis to study environmental science.

--Jay Escamilla is heading to Colorado State University to study animal science, while Jenna Vacca, who was accepted to Cal, chose Cal Poly to study kinesiology and plans to become a physical therapist.

--Phoebe Grunt, also a commended National Merit Scholar, was accepted to UCLA's engineering program, choosing instead to play Div. I volleyball for UC Santa Barbara.

--Danielle Pomeroy was accepted to University of Oregon's architecture program, while Nigel Duniven, accepted to University of Southern California, UC San Diego and St. Mary's College, will be attending University of San Francisco on a generous scholarship for nursing.

--Many of the soon-to-be graduates were offered large annual scholarships from private colleges and universities, including eight students who are headed to Saint Mary's College.

--This year, the nation's top Jesuit universities, Gonzaga, Seattle University, Santa Clara, Portland University, Fordham, USF and Loyola Marymount, offered admission to dozens of SJND students and many offered scholarships, too. Rose Lassalle-Klein was a finalist for a top award at Seattle University, where she will attend school next year on scholarship.

--Several students applied to and were accepted to historically black colleges and universities, including Xavier, Howard and Morehouse.

"We work with every student to make sure they pick the best school for them," said Dr. Angelica Bailon, who directs college counseling at SJND. She added that 99 percent of the Class of 2013 is going on to college, with one student taking a gap year to explore a career opportunity.

About 33 percent of SJND seniors applied to the University of California system, in a year when it is more competitive than ever to gain admittance because of an increase in out-of-state students being admitted to the UCs. This follows last year's trend.

"It has been a competitive year," said Dr. Bailon. "UC Santa Cruz said this was there most selective year in their history."