BROWN, COLUMBIA, CORNELL, HARVARD, AND YALE: BVP HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR AND VALLEY FALLS RESIDENT CELEBRATES FIVE IVY LEAGUE ACCEPTANCES
CUMBERLAND — With incredible enthusiasm, Blackstone Valley Prep High School is pleased to announce senior Joshua Rodriguez has been accepted to Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Harvard University, and Yale University as a member of the class of 2026.
“While I’ve always wanted to learn and perform well academically, my grades were never the only thing important to me. For me, friendships and connection to a larger community have always been a driving force,” Rodriguez said.
He adds: “Academic prestige was not my only motivation to cast a wide net by applying to several colleges and universities. I am looking for an intellectually curious and supportive community that will help me discover what I am truly meant to do.”
Rodriguez, a Valley Falls resident and future first-generation college student, has been an active member of the BVPHS community since his enrollment in ninth grade. He is a member of the National Honors Society, a founding member of the Community Action Crew, a peer tutor, and runs on the cross country and indoor and outdoor track teams. He was a PrepareRI intern, a Gates Scholarship finalist, and a QuestBridge College Prep Scholar.
“Josh is a dynamo—he’s hardworking and humble, he’s a critical thinker and compassionate. Josh is a student whose curiosity, drive, and humility have a subtle but powerful impact on not just his own learning, but that of his peers. Josh is always asking questions about how things work—whether experimenting with 3-D printing or analyzing microscopic details in a book—and his curiosity is infectious,” said Nate Deysher, Advanced Placement English Literature Instructor.
Rodriguez and his peers will announce their college decisions at BVP’s 5th Annual College Signing Day on Friday, May 6, at noon, at Blackstone Valley Prep High School.
“I’m incredibly fortunate to have a difficult decision to make, but I know that ultimately, I want to choose a school not based on name, but on what community is best for me,” Rodriguez said.
Press who are interested in attending College Signing Day should contact Bridget Gadoury at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Blackstone Valley Prep
Blackstone Valley Prep (BVP) is a network of high-performing, tuition-free public charter schools in Northern Rhode Island. As a growing, intentionally diverse network of six schools, BVP offers a high-quality public school choice to the families of Central Falls, Cumberland, Lincoln, and Pawtucket and currently serves 2,200 scholars in grades K-12. BVP’s mission is to prepare every scholar for success in college and the world beyond. More information can be found at www.blackstonevalleyprep.org.