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A Tennessean Wrote an Essay About Pizza, Got Admitted to Yale, But Picks Auburn

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发表于 5-31-2017 15:49:29 | 显示全部楼层 |阅读模式
本帖最后由 choi 于 6-1-2017 13:20 编辑

Melanie Balakit, Williamson student writes about pizza, gets into Yale University. The Tennessean, May 26, 2017.
http://www.tennessean.com/story/ ... iversity/343344001/

Note:
(a) The Tennessean (1812- ; based in Nashville, capital and the most populous city of Tennessee)  en.wikipedia.org
(b) The timeline: Carolina Williams tweeted about Papa John's Pizza with images of Yale's letters. The Tennessean reported on May 26; AP on at 6 am, followed by a handful of news reports starting noon today.
(c) She graduated from Ravenwood High School in City of Brentwood (on the southern border of Nashville), County of Williamson, Tenn.

(d) Auburn University (1856- ; a state-supported university in Auburn, Alabama)  Wikipedia
(i) Auburn is a college town.
(ii) Evelyn D Causey, Auburn. Encyclopedia of Alabama, Nov 28, 2011 (updated in 2015)
http://encyclopediaofalabama.org/article/h-3180
(According to local lore, a young woman chose the name for the town from the first line in Oliver Goldsmith's poem, 'The Deserted Village,' which reads 'Sweet Auburn, the loveliest village of the plain' ")
(iii) The Deserted Village
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Deserted_Village
(by Irish poet Oliver Goldsmith in 1770)
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 楼主| 发表于 5-31-2017 15:49:56 | 显示全部楼层
(e) Jeremy Henderson, Pizza-Loving Teen Whose Papa Johns Essay Got Her Accepted to Yale Chooses Auburn. Al.com, May 31, 2017.
http://www.al.com/living/index.s ... n_whose_papa_j.html

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A Yalie who "reviewed her application [wrote Carolina Williams in her acceptance letter:] 'As someone who kept trying to read books for fun on top of thousands of applications this winter, I really loved your essay on reading 100 books in a year and I laughed so hard on your pizza essay. I kept thinking that you were the kind of person that I would love to be best friends with. I want you to know that every part of your application stood out in our process and we are thrilled to be able to offer you a spot at Yale.' * * * [her May 8 tweet:] She posted a picture of herself in a Yale shirt holding a plain cheese pizza (her standard).

"She's just not going to Yale.  It's nothing against the place, she says. She visited. She liked it up there.

Yet Williams could not "convince [herself] to reject her first love.  'As soon as I came to Auburn, I loved it immediately,' she says. 'I loved how friendly everyone was there. Everyone had so much school spirit. They're so passionate about Auburn itself. I've never met a person who went to Auburn that didn't like it there and I thought that spoke a lot about it.'  Williams received AU's Presidential Scholarship ($72,000 over four years) for scoring a Bo Jackson on the ACT. Today, she found out she also received the Edward and Catherine K Lowder Endowed Scholarship from Auburn's Raymond J Harbert College of Business; she plans to major in Business and minor in economics."

(i) Bo Jackson
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Jackson
(born Vincent Edward Jackson in 1962; graduated from Auburn University)

* I do not understand "scoring a Bo Jackson on the ACT," nor can I faind the expression in the Web.
(ii) Originally American College Testing, ACT is a test administered since 1959 by ACT, Inc -- "as a competitor to the College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test, now the SAT." Wikipedia  A University of Iowa professor Everett Franklin Lindquist co-founded ACT, Inc that year.
(iii) There is no need to read the rest of this AL report.
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