Hard work pays off for Phillips who is accepted to Brown Univ.

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By Carol A. Clark

Years of dedication to his studies has earned Los Alamos High School senior, William Phillips, IV, a slot at Brown University this fall.

More than 18,000 applicants applied for just 1,450 places in the freshman class. The 17-year-old received his early decision acceptance letter last week and described the Ivy League college in Providence, R.I. as his top pick.

“At first I was stunned when the letter arrived,” he said. “My mom and I visited more than 23 schools  and        realized more and more that brown was a perfect fit for me.”

He likes the faith Brown places in its students. “They give students the ability to choose their own classes,” he said. “They expect students to want to learn and trust them to set their own curriculum.”

Phillips is considering becoming a physician like his uncle, but said that could change, adding that  he has a strong interest in math and biology.

Phillips comes from a long line of scholars and has made the National Honor Society for six consecutive semesters, he said. His father, Bill Phillips, received his undergraduate degree from Howard University and a law degree from Rutgers University.

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