Andy Ying / Takoma Park MS ⮞ Blair HS (2020)

Math:    52/52
Reading:     54/64
Reasoning:    44/60
Writing:    5/6

My rise to the magnet programs was one that was thrilling at every turn. My history with the Dr. Li Program can be traced back to 5th grade, in which Dr. Li greatly assisted me with getting into Takoma Park, an extremely competitive middle school. I knew that those 3 years I spent in middle school were not meant to be thrown away and wasted, but that every precious second I had was to ensure that I had an edge in high school applications.

Zach Zhao / Robert Frost MS ⮞ RM/IB (2020)

I have always wanted to be a part of the magnet program. It was my dream that was only a dream until this year, 2020. With support from Dr. Li and Mr. Li, I have achieved my goal of making the magnet program at Richard Montgomery High School. The entire preparation period was incredibly rewarding as classes taught by Mr. Li and Dr. Li have changed my life. The lessons they taught have also motivated and inspired my friends that have attended these classes regardless of whether they were accepted or not.

Kelly Chen / Hallie Wells MS ⮞ Poolesville HS (2020)

Math:    50
Reading:     51
Reasoning:    42
Writing:    3

My experiences with the magnet program began rather early, when I first took the test in third grade for a magnet elementary school. I did not make the selection, so I continued school at my current ES at the time. Even though I was rejected, not many feelings impacted me. I was neither happy nor sad, because at the time I did not know the significance and strong effects of the magnet program.

Tracy Lee / Gaithersburg MS ⮞ Poolesville HS (2020)

Math:    48
Reading:     54
Reasoning:    47
Writing:    5
Everyone experiences success in their lives, and most of the time it’s due to hard work and good preparation rather than luck. I recently received my results for the magnet high school test, and I was invited to all the programs I applied to. I attribute my success to three years of hard work, my family, and attending Dr. Li’s test preparation classes.

Kayden Shih / Cabin John MS ⮞ Blair HS (2020)

Math:    51/52
Reading:     52/64
Reasoning:    48/60
Writing:    3/6

The start of eighth grade established a new beginning. A fresh, empty canvas which holds the vast secrets of our approaching adulthood. No one was ready to step back into our arduous routines, each brimming with grueling tasks. Nobody wanted to be lectured for six hours and forty-five minutes until next summer. However, the most challenging aspect remained unsolved, planning our high school careers.