Click here to read the op ed by courageous Joseph Barber Pinto, at left. He is a student at McDowell who hopes the award-winning speech and debate team survives the Millcreek School District’s budget crash.
He points out how admissions representatives at Ivy League schools — well, really all schools — want to see more than education on the average college application. My family totally agrees — six kids went from McDowell to higher education — with plenty of activities on their college apps.
A quote from Joseph Barber Pinto’s letter: “The Wall Street Journal published a report on the success rate of college applicants at all schools. According to the report, “Being captain of the debate team improved an applicant’s chances by more than 60 percent compared with the rest of the pool. Colleges and universities today are looking for articulate thinkers and communicators who will become active citizens and leaders of tomorrow.”
We need to save activities. I graduated from Villa Maria Academy — a proud and award-winning member of the Forensics team. It made me who I am today.