November 26, 2012
Re: Letter of Recommendation for Tyler Thompson
To Whom It May Concern
Tyler Thompson was a student in my Honors Chemistry class as a sophomore during the 2010-2011 school year. She distinguished herself very quickly as one of my top five students by writing meticulous lab reports, scoring very high on tests and never missing an assignment. Tyler is an Honors Level student who has taken the most rigorous curriculum that South High School has to offer. She has excelled and is currently ranked 15th out of a class of 466 with a cumulative GPA of 4.196. In addition, Tyler is a very focused and very mature young woman with a clear goal of achieving at the highest levels. She is curious and takes every opportunity to enrich herself. As an example of this, last summer she attended a ‘Lead America’ conference for medicine at Columbia. She studied epidemiology and worked on an actual case. Before she attended the conference she wanted a career in medicine and the conference and activities associated with it affirmed her career path choices and made very enthusiastic and impatient to start college.
Tyler comes from a troubled background which includes a broken home, childhood sexual abuse, witnessing spousal abuse and living with multiple siblings of a blended family. Despite all her travails as a child she has had the internal fortitude to hide her troubles at school and succeed at the highest levels. She is an exceptional student and a terrific young woman. She is active at school in the color-guard as its leader and is active in several clubs. She is President of the Black Student Union, treasurer of the National Honor Society club, and President of the California Scholarship Federation chapter at South. She has done varied community service including decorating Thanksgiving boxes, collecting Christmas gifts for the underprivileged, mentoring younger students, caroling, building a playground and volunteering at a local...