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Conard High School, West Hartford
Soon-to-be Harvard University student Michael Farrell has to be extra cautious to use correct grammar -- when he doesn't, his friends make fun of him.
"Everyone will start to mock me if I make a stupid mistake or anything like that, it's funny," said the Conard High School senior class president.
Farrell didn't think he would get into an Ivy League school, but once he was accepted, he said it was one of his cheaper options. Farrell was a National Merit letter recipient, received a scholarship from the Hartford Foundation, and participated in the National Honor Society.
Farrell was on his school's swim team, for which he practiced six days a week, two hours a day. His best race is the 100-meter breaststroke. He also played in the jazz band, and his favorite high school memory is performing with the band in nightclubs in Austria and Germany.
He hopes to study computer science or biomedical engineering and eventually go to law school to become a patent lawyer.
"I'm interested in law and I'm also interested in engineering, so this brings it together," he said. "I can use my math and science background but still pursue law."
July 3, 2013