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ACADEMY VALEDICTORIAN WINS GATES SCHOLARSHIP

PATERSON-  Carlos Torres, a senior at PANTHER Academy in Paterson, was recently honored as a Gates Millennium Scholarship (GMS) recipient for 2010.  Mr. Torres is the third PANTHER student in four years to win this coveted award.  The scholarship will provide “through graduation” funding for Carlos to attend the accredited U.S. college or university of his choice.   In addition, if he chooses to pursue graduate work in select areas, such as education or science, he will be eligible for funding up to the doctoral level.   
Established in 1999 with the goal of developing the next generation of America’s leaders, the Gates Millennium Scholars Program is the nation’s largest minority student scholarship program.  Selected from a large pool of 20,500 applicants, Carlos joins 1,000 students in winning the 2010 award,  In addition to financial assistance, Gates Millennium Scholars receive academic support, mentoring and leadership training.   As a result, recipients have an average five-year graduation rate of almost 80 percent; 45 percent higher than the six-year rate for all college students.
Carlos Torres was born in Lima, Peru and grew up in Paterson.   He was an active member of the Varsity Soccer and Varsity Golf teams and participated in the school robotics program, the interact club, the peer leadership program and community activities.  Carlos plans to attend Rutgers University in New Brunswick in the fall.

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Sponsored by the Department of Science and Mathematics, this large annual event is well attended with fierce (fun) competition between schools. Opening ceremonies will take place in the JFK gymnasium beginning at 10 a.m. and the Fair will conclude at 2:30 p.m.