August 25, 2009

First-year Class Brings Wealth of Knowledge, Unique Experiences

There are 982 first-year undergraduate students in the Class of 2013 at Case Western Reserve University.

They come from 41 states and 13 foreign countries. Sixty-two percent are from other states, while nine percent are international students. Their average SAT (Critical Reading plus Math) is 1329, 20 points higher than a year ago.

"It's an incredible honor to welcome such an amazing group of students to campus," says Robert R. McCullough, director of undergraduate admissions. "I'm eager to see how they enrich the Case Western Reserve and Cleveland communities with their talents."

"The students who have conducted research will join together with a faculty member here, top athletes will take the field together wearing the uniform of Case Western Reserve University Spartans, accomplished dancers will be joined on stage with award winning singers in the Footlighters production of West Side Story this fall, and maybe we'll even be treated to a new musical composition for sitar and ukulele," adds McCullough.

These students bring a wealth of talent and unique experiences. The class counts as members top athletes, artists, academic competition winners, volunteers and leaders.

Some of the interesting stories include:

  • A script writer and film producer
  • A student who is fluent in 6 languages
  • An accomplished equestrian, competing on the USA World Cup Horse Team, who is also a skilled chef
  • An illusionist who has mastered over 40 illusions
  • A student who was so successful in robotics that the local college hired him to develop curriculum for a robotics course and serve as an assistant instructor
  • Competitor in 2008 Jeopardy! Teen Tournament—one of only 15 nationally
  • A balloon sculptor with over 500 pieces in his repertoire
  • A student who is restoring a 1931 Model A Ford with grandfather
  • Member of a choir who has recorded with the Trans Siberian Orchestra and performed at the 77th Annual Academy Awards with Beyonce
  • A student who danced on Broadway; and a musician who performed at Carnegie Hall
  • Seven-time state champ in rhythmic gymnastics
  • Student who started a dance program for disabled girls
  • Translator at 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics
  • An expatriate who lived in an 80-room English castle for three years
  • A student who won best-in-show for her class of cattle in 4-H
  • Several students who have conducted research—at prestigious places including NIH and the Cleveland Clinic—on topics including childhood obesity, solar energy and cancer
  • An enterprising and forward thinking student who has already contributed $10,000 of his earnings from a part-time job toward an IRA
  • A student who started a Web site for people to share life-changing moments
  • As an infant, this student was airlifted out of his native Philippines in a cardboard box to escape an erupting volcano
  • Award winning photographer, including first place in the Michigan Interscholastic Press Association for photographs in post-Katrina New Orleans, and first place for a portfolio submitted to the American Press Association
  • National Champion in the Reader's Digest Word Challenge
  • A championship level Irish Dancer
  • A ukulele player
  • An autocross racer
  • A student who spent a day and night as a homeless person for a research project
  • A student who was elected his hometown's Parks and Recreation Youth Commissioner
  • A composer of music
  • An entrepreneur who has started two businesses, and invented a pet-feeding device for her pet care business
  • A professional ballet dancer
  • An award-winning cabinet maker
  • A volunteer at the American Museum of Science and Energy, who runs the "Atomic Smasher Show" there
  • A student who completed the 2008 Bike Ride Across Georgia, riding 400 miles in one week
  • A student who transcribes books into Braille

For more information contact Susan Griffith, 216.368.1004.

Posted by: Kimyette Finley, August 25, 2009 01:41 PM | News Topics: Campus Life, Students, features

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