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Princeton University

As graduation season begins, Orange honors 'Super Scholars'

As graduation season begins, Orange honors 'Super Scholars'

In eighth grade, Samuel Vilchez was a new immigrant from Venezuela who spoke no English. His entry into an Orlando middle school was nerve-racking. "I cried for the first two days," he said. Then he got to work. Vilchez studied hard to exit the English for Speakers of other Languages program by the end of that academic year. At Colonial High School, he tackled a roster of college-level classes, acing them all. He'll graduate today as Colonial's valedictorian, with an impressive list of scholarships and an acceptance letter from Princeton University, which he'll attend in the fall. "He's a wonderful example of an immigrant achieving the American...