Harvard? Check. Stanford? Check. Yale? You bet.
Top tier universities open the doors for two outstanding HISP grads

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Hackett and Djan. The Woody costume is the result of Rent-a-Senior activities.

Two seniors in C.K. McClatchy High School’s Humanities and International Studies Program were accepted into every top tier college to which they applied, including Harvard, Stanford, Yale, Princeton, Brown and Cornell.

“I’ve been privileged to teach these young men,” says HISP Coordinator Ellen Wong. “They are amazing.”

Tony Hackett applied to Stanford, Harvard, Yale, Brown, Cornell, USC, UCLA, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo and the University of Washington. He got into them all.

Harvard was the first to accept Hackett, a 4.0 grade point average student who scored a perfect 2400 on the SAT. (For context, only 504 of the 1.7 million students who took the SAT in 2015 scored a 2400.)

“I was completely shocked that I got into Harvard,” says Hackett, a member of CKM’s nationally ranked debate team. “And then I just kept getting acceptance letters.”

Hackett chose Stanford over Harvard, in part because of its close proximity to Sacramento. Hackett’s parents own and operate Scott’s Burger Shack on Franklin Boulevard. He will attend Stanford on a full-ride scholarship.

“After 28 years in the classroom and thousands of students, it never ceases to amaze me that I can still be amused and energized by that one special kid in the room,” says Wong. “This year that kid is Tony Hackett.”

Djan applied to Stanford, Yale, Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, UCLA, UC Berkeley and UC San Diego. Like Hackett, he was accepted everywhere. He’ll be headed to Yale in the fall.

“I looked into Stanford and Harvard and it was a tough choice,” he says. “But I just had a good gut feeling about Yale. The campus had more character and the people seemed so genuine.”

Djan’s parents are from Ghana. His mother is a biological researcher at UC Davis and his father is a self-employed city planner.

Wong calls Djan ”an exceptional asset” to the McClatchy community.

“Never mind that he’s an outstanding student who never misses the mark academically,” she says. “He’s been an athlete and a real leader, twice serving as student body president. He exudes school spirit and all that is good about being a Lion.”

Overall, the HISP Class of 2016 has an impressive college acceptance record. Seniors were accepted into 120 different colleges, including all nine UCs, 14 CSUs and such selective universities as Columbia, Tufts and Northwestern.

Had either Hackett or Djan selected Harvard, they would have a friend on campus: Kimaya Cole is headed to Harvard where she will play soccer.

“Kimaya is the model scholar-athlete, balancing a demanding soccer schedule and the most challenging academic load we could expect,” says Wong. ”She is the first in her family to attend a four-year university and her parents and her McClatchy family are exceptionally proud.

Cole is undecided on a major ”but what is really reassuring is that going to Harvard will open many doors for me no matter what major or field I decide on,” she says.

Congratulations HISP Class of 2016!