Is Soldan High senior headed to Harvard?
By Steve Giegerich
St. Louis Post-Dispatch
David Evans is in the admissions business at Harvard University. It's not too often, he says, that "we run into what we call the American Dream."
This year, it happened. The American Dream, in this instance, is a senior at Soldan High School. His name is Jeffrey Lynn Hall Jr. The dream arrived recently by e-mail; a formal letter from Cambridge, Mass., followed.
It began, "I am delighted to inform you that the committee on admissions and financial aid has voted to offer you a place in the Harvard Class of 2011."
With the exception of graduates of Metro High School, a magnet school with admissions requirements, Hall is the first St. Louis Public Schools student to receive a Harvard invitation in at least 35 years, according to Evans.