Congratulations! I am delighted to inform you that the Committee on Admissions has admitted you to the Class of 2018. I hope you will decide to join us at Harvard, read the email from Mr. William R. Fitzsimmons, Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid at Harvard University.
My parents are both very hardworking and neither graduated high school, but they instilled in me an appreciation for education and a love of learning, said Jean Paul. My teachers were very supportive. They offered me the moral support, the guidance, and advice that was really important for me to succeed at Central Falls High School.
Jean Paul was born in Queens, New York to Colombian parents. The family moved back to Colombia when he was 2 years and returned when he was ready to enter Kindergarten. Spanish was his first language, but after two years in ESL, he was quickly fully-bilingual by the time he was 7 years old and the family moved to Central Falls. He attended public school in the one square mile city from grade 2-12, at Feinstein Elementary School, Robertson Intermediate, Calcutt Middle School and Central Falls High School.
We are all so proud of Jean Paul and his accomplishments. His hard work and dedication to his education is paying off. We applaud his effort, the sacrifices of his family and the work of his teachers and mentors all of which has led to this wonderful day, said Frances Gallo, Superintendent of schools in Central Falls.
Jean Paul is not only an exemplary scholar, but he is also a thoughtful and committed leader in our school community. As Vice President of the Senior Class and a member of numerous committees, he exhibits the best of our students and their families, said Mr. Joshua Laplante, Principal of Central Falls High School.
As a student leader, Jean Paul has straight As in all of his high school courses. He is also a member of the School Emergency Response Team (SERT), a Sergeant at Arms for the RI Red Cross Youth Council, an intern at the RI State House with Senator Christopher Ottiano.
Mr. Bob Scappini was Jean Pauls AP History and AP Government teacher. I knew there was something about him, he started asking me for extra books and extra work. Never had anyone asked if they could have extra reading and extra work. But when he took the exam, he got a 5 a perfect score, a first in CF history! We take pride in our students, we care for our students, we are here for them, said Mr. Scappini.
His mother is obviously proud of Jean Paul and his accomplishments. This is a week of good news for the family. This week, she started a new job as a Certified Nursing Assistant, after having been unemployed for three years. I am very proud of my son. We have been struggling for many years, and Jean Paul always worked hard because he saw how difficult things were and the sacrifices we made. When he was ready to go to high school, many people told me not to send him to Central Falls High School. Today I am glad I sent him there and grateful for how everyone helped prepare him for his future.
As we get ready to cap the 4th year of transformation at Central Falls High School, we are all proud to see Jean Paul wrestle to make his decision of what school he will attend. It was students like Jean Paul that pushed us to create new and more rigorous programs and to triple the number of AP courses offered at the high school. said Victor Capellan, Deputy Superintendent for Transformation at Central Falls High School.
Mr. David Upegui Jean Pauls AP Biology teacher added Jean Pauls willingness to do the hard work that made the difference. He not only cared about getting a good grade, but also wanted to understand. I consider these students as my own. Ive seen them develop over the years and I know that whatever impact Ive had is the opportunity to encourage them to continue on the path they were on.
Over the next two months, Jean Paul will finish his Intro to Computers course, which he takes at RI College as part of the CF/RIC Innovation Lab program. He will wrap up a distinguished high school journey and will embark on a future of endless promise. The entire school community is proud of Central Falls and of all the students receiving college acceptance letters.