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.

Friday, July 3, 2009


Today was the first week day we did not have class. It was very nice to sleep in considerably. We met for brunch and then spent the day at the mall. We did have a lot of fun and nothing is the same as shopping with friends.
My roommate is signed out for the weekend and I will have to wait for her to return before I can truly talk about her.
Honestly today was very relaxing. It was nice to spend time with the girls I have grown so close to over these past two weeks.


p.s. I have been having technical difficulties with blogging, and unfortunately, tonight I was unable to color my blog.


  1. I agree that sometimes you need a day of rest. I wish that I had that luxury. Life is about balance and the need to relax is important and necessary.

    On another note, I picked up Ms. Kronenberg from the San Francisco International Airport last night. She was in good spirits and had a wonderful time. I treated her to a steak dinner at Outback in Pinole. We were able to get there before they closed for the night. She was very effusive with her praise of you and the other ladies. It was apparent to her that you are really enjoying Ithaca and that Cornell University has grown on you.

    As I wrote to Julia, I hope that you will take the time to visit the Alumni Relations office and speak with an alum. I believe that not only seeing how the school operates, but what life is like once you graduate. You need to hear and understand why Cornell is so important to those who have graduated from this prestigious institution.

    Once your roommate returns I would value hearing her thoughts and impressions. Since she is a local, what does it mean to be at Cornell. For us, it would be like one of you spending three weeks at a Summer Studies Program at Stanford. Now that would be a different feeling. So yes, take us "inside the walls" and give us her perspective on attending this wonderful program.

    So what is like living in Mary Donlon? Have you visited the other students in the other dorms? Have you made friends outside of your Hercules High School network? And if so why? and if not, why not?

    What do others think of the Ivy League Connection? Do they know how comprehensive and detailed the program is? Do they have contacts with school board members in their local community? Have they had any contacts, other than family members, with those who are Cornell alums. Remember, you had a dinner in San Francisco with Cornell alums.

    Let us know. Please ask these probing and interesting questions. Our program can only improve if our students reach out and find out how others feel about our efforts. Before you leave, take a few minutes to stop Professor Kramnick and ask him what he thinks of the ILC. I would love for him to share his views. Maybe he would even share with you what philosopher would think that what we are doing is important and part of their overall philosophy.

    Hope that you have some fun on the Fourth. I am about to fire up my grill and get my Barbeque going. I love links and ribs on a nice sunny day.

    Take care.

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

  2. Ramiah,

    Not to worry about the color of your font—the words still read okay in a black font.

    I want to mirror some of what Mr. Ramsey posted in his comments. Learning more about your roomie and the others you’ve met would be of great interest to us.

    If you could get Professor Kramnick to post his thoughts about the ILC, that would be a real coup for us. We can set him up with posting privileges if he wants.

    I know you still have another week of classes left but having this extended weekend has to be a real boon to the experience. I work seven days a week 15+ hours per day so I can really appreciate the concept of having a day off. Not that I might ever have that chance but just having the dream sounds pretty nice.