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Madera South valedictorian to fulfill lifelong dream of attending UCLA

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When Madera South High School valedictorian Kellie Rollins found out she had been accepted to UCLA — a goal she’s had since she was 5 — she knew her hard work in academics, sports and extracurricular activities had paid off.

“As soon as I read the word ‘congratulations’ I stopped reading and did the classic jump-up-and-down-andscream thing,” she said, laughing. “I was expecting that I didn’t get in. I think I cried, I was so happy.”

Rollins even turned down a full-ride scholarship, priority registration and a free laptop through the Smittcamp Family Honors College at California State University, Fresno, to register for her dream school.

“UCLA has an awesome premed program and a medical school, and it just looks better on a grad school application,” said Rollins, who wants to major in cellular and molecular developmental biology. “It was the right choice for me because I want to be a pediatric cardiologist.” ...


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