Benjamin Franklin High School Announces QuestBridge Match With Stanford

NEW ORLEANS Jan. 10, 2018) – Benjamin Franklin High School is pleased to announce that Linda Denson, a senior, College Track scholar, and National Merit Semifinalist, has matched with Stanford University in California through the QuestBridge Program.
“I have always been impressed by and appreciative of Linda’s commitment to excellence, a clear sense of what she can accomplish, and positive contributions to our Franklin community” said Head of School Dr. Patrick Widhalm. “The QuestBridge match with Stanford is yet another example of why we are proud of her and excited for her future.”


Denson, the daughter of Valerie King and Kebori Dimitri Denson, attended the prestigious six-week Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science summer program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She plans to study biomedical engineering at Stanford.
“Linda is an exceptional human,” said Franklin teacher Tiffany Lewis, who taught Denson gifted English II and African-American literature and serves as the sponsor of the Black Culture Club, of which Denson is president. “I know unequivocally that wherever Linda’s many talents take her, she will not only excel but thrive. Linda’s success in the STEM field will be enhanced by her ability to collaborate, her innovative thinking ability, and her talent to see multiple perspectives and nuances.”
QuestBridge is a national program that connects high-achieving, low-income high school seniors with full scholarships to the nation’s top colleges. After receiving a record high of 16,248 applicants, QuestBridge selected 6,507 finalists who were considered for the College Match Scholarship. Of these finalists, 1,044 exceptional students hailing from 47 states and the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico were selected as this year’s College Match Scholarship recipients.
“This year we are excited to connect a record number of bright, high-achieving students … to our college partners,” Ana McCullough, CEO and co-founder of QuestBridge, said. “Thanks to our partners’ generosity, our QuestBridge applicants can dream big – knowing that their hard work will truly pay off, and they will not have to worry about the cost of attending these outstanding colleges and universities.”
The National College Match is a highly competitive process drawing applications from impressive students across the country. This year’s College Match Scholarship recipients had an average unweighted GPA of 3.93. On standardized testing, the middle 50 percent received between 1360-1500 on the SAT and between 29-33 on the ACT. More than 90 percent are within the top 10 percent of their graduating class. The majority of these new QuestBridge Scholars — 77 percent — are also among the first generation in their families to attend a four-year U.S. college.
“What I learned the most at Franklin was learning how to make my voice heard anywhere I go,” Denson said. “At Franklin, I’m known not so much a STEM person but as an advocate for other students who look like me. Now that I’ve learned how to do that and be that for any community I come into, I’m excited to be able to bring my voice to an even larger and even more elite institution.”
For more information, please contact Eve Peyton at (504) 503-0062 or epeyton@bfhsla.org.

About Benjamin Franklin High SchoolBenjamin Franklin High School, New Orleans’ most outstanding public charter school,has been preparing students for success through academic achievement since its foundingin 1957. Consistently ranked as a “top public high school in the nation” by U.S. News &World Report, Newsweek, and Business Week, Franklin has received the highest SchoolPerformance School in Louisiana, making it the No. 1 public school in the state, yearafter year. Ben Franklin is repeatedly named a National Blue Ribbon School, producingPresidential and National Merit Scholars each year. The exceptional students, faculty,and staff at Ben Franklin are the best and the brightest in New Orleans. For moreinformation, please visit bfhsla.org.

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