Through WCCUSD’s Ivy League Connection program, Hercules High School Students Justine Betschart, Stacy Chan, Ramiah Davis-Shephard, Louisa Man, Julia Maniquiz, and Yueming Wang will be attending Cornell University to either study Freedom and Justice or Hotel Operations Management during the summer of 2009.

Saturday, June 27, 2009

Thank You Ms. Kim

Thanks to the wonderful Ms. Sue Kim the seven of us traveled to the far away city of Rochester and were given a private tour of the university campus. To be honest, I really liked Rochester. I will definitely be looking further into it, and very possibly be applying there this fall. Our private tour took us through the main quad, the library, the fraternity quad, and to a sample dorm. The campus was not quite as beautiful as Cornell or Syracuse, but it was still very nice. We topped the Rochester University experience off with lunch at Pellegrino’s Deli. Our tour guide John Junig and his friend joined us. I think Mr. Crossley’s ride home was rather lonely because we all fell asleep in the car.

We had our first college experience of washing laundry. Although washing laundry in and of itself is nothing new to me, this was first time doing so on a trip away from home. Tonight’s schedule includes a casino night for all summer college students. It will have games, food, and prizes. However, I’m not sure how much time I will be spending there because I want to get started on my Plato essay tonight.



  1. Ramiah,

    You have bounced back! I love the post. I also appreciate you taking the time to recognize Ms. Kim. She did a lot of work to put this trip together and make your time at The University of Rochester worthwhile. So, I am glad that you had the wherewithall to acknowledge her.

    In addition, the fact that you are open to new campuses is refreshing. Too often we see students, especially in our district, refusing to expand on the number of colleges that they will consider applying to.

    This trip gave you another perspective and made you rethink your priorities. This is good and will give you plenty to discuss with friends, family and other students when you return to Hercules High School for your senior year.

    My day was also very enlightening. I spent time visiting several campuses in the Boston area and I observed nine of our students, including Hercules rising senior Courtney Mariano, learn a great deal about Tufts, MIT and Harvard. It was good to have this chance to do area college visits and expand on the ILC success. Now you and the other Hercules High School Students had a chance to visit the University of Rochester.

    With your time at this school and your reflections on this blog I am anxious to see how you "give back" when you return to the Bay Area. How will you as a school leader, and you are a school leader, contribute to making Hercules High School more of a "College Going Culture" Community. This I will be looking for this school year.

    Thanks again for sharing and I am glad that you are keeping your eyes on the prize and getting down to completing your paper on Plato.

    Enjoy your day.

    Charles T. Ramsey, Esq.
    School Board Member
    West Contra Costa
    Unified School District

  2. Ramiah,

    I would love to top both you and Charles in the telling of my fine day but such was not the case.

    You might all be proud of me, though, as I sat in my minivan outside of El Cerrito High waiting respectively for the Brown-II group and then the Columbia group to arrive so they could be seen off on their trips (I got there at 2 AM and left about 5:30 AM), I whipped out my trusty laptop and proceeded to archive some of the blogs you all have been sending. This is a monumental and labor intensive chore but it will allow us to maintain easily accessible copies of all of your blogs--all formatted the same and with photos embedded. We've only completed one week and that's for just half of the ILC team and we're already past 200 pages of archives.

    While most of you were finishing the best part of your sleep before rising to head off to wonderful new adventures, I was sitting outside of a public school (watching the dear eat the plant life) typing away on a computer. How sad is that?

    When people used to comment about my late hours I used to tell them that while they were resting snugly in their nice warm beds I was standing sentinel at the gate protecting them from the forces of evil. Sounded good at the time.

    Maybe I need to slow down a little, Ramiah, or at least put on my reading glasses. As I've been reading all of these blogs and emails these past couple of months I thought you were all studying Pluto. I've watched all of his cartoons over the years and I never thought him much of a philosopher so I often scratched my head in wonderment about what the big deal was all about. Nevertheless, I try not to step on other people's toes and if they wanted to have you study Pluto then who am I to ask why?