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Nine Maynard Jackson Students Receive Early Acceptance to Georgia Tech

By Carlen Ruth Hultgren

This year for the first time, Georgia Tech reserved the early action period for Georgia high school students. On Friday, December 4, administrators surprised students at twelve Georgia high schools by setting up virtual events that resembled information sessions so students wouldn’t suspect they had anything to do with their selection.

Georgia Tech Senior Admissions Counselor Ellery Kirk Connell tried to throw students off the scent by urging them not to get their hopes up. “This year from Jackson we had nine students apply early action. It’s unheard of that a school of any caliber, whether it’s an independent school or a public school, would have all nine students admitted.” But shortly afterward, Georgia Tech President Angel Cabrera told everyone the news. “It is my distinct honor to let you know that the nine of you have been accepted to Georgia Tech, for the fall class of 2021.”

All of Atlanta’s Maynard Jackson High School students who applied early were accepted. Georgia Tech says it accepted just 37% of early in-state applicants this year, compared with 40% last year. Cabrera noted that it’s harder to be admitted to the university than it’s ever been.

Students at Jackson have been learning remotely this year, due to Atlanta Public Schools operating virtually since March. After an unconventional start to their senior year, Jackson principal Adam Danser sang the praises of all nine students. “I’m just so proud of them. Thank you [Georgia Tech officials] for taking the time to do this with them because they deserve it. Nine. This is a big moment for Maynard Jackson High School. Nine early action [applicants and] all nine getting in. It’s amazing.”

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