Nine SIS wing in the new year with early admission


Saipan International School’s Class of 2020 had an overwhelming number of students apply for early admission to colleges of their choice in the U.S. mainland and nine out of 20 have already received acceptance letters even before the new year started.

According to SIS college counselor Whit Altizer, nine out of 20 students have already received acceptance letters. Among the seniors accepted, one has already committed to Emory University with a QuestBridge scholarship that covers her tuition and expenses.

Altizer set a goal back in January 2019 to have all mainland applications done by the winter holiday and an overwhelming majority of the seniors met that goal.

“This class is very motivated and excelled in all of the tasks I asked of them. They had also put themselves in a position early on to have strong applications with plenty of activities, community service, and strong grades from the ninth grade,” Altizer said.

According to SIS headmaster Ron Snyder, SIS is very proud of this year’s senior class for their hard work and dedication to higher education.

“We are certain wherever they go they will make as big an impact as they did at SIS. We take pride in our Geckos going off to topnotch universities all over the world and displaying the strength and initiative that is the backbone of our school and island to their new community,” he said.

As part of SIS’ curriculum, upcoming juniors begin the application process with a preparatory class that sharpens their essay writing skills and gives them time to research careers and schools that may be of interest to them.

By August of their senior year, they have a personal statement ready and clearer knowledge of what universities are a good fit for them.

The students who received early acceptance letters were QuestBridge scholar Malika Miyawaki, Anika Snyder, Allan Lee, Andrea No, John Paul Sablan, Ken Song, Sally Lai, Steven Goodwin, and You Sun Lee.

Kimberly Bautista | Reporter
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