(Editor's Note: Amaiana Sajjad is a senior at North Plainfield High School and an intern for TAPinto North Plainfield.) 

North Plainfield Senior Nikita Forrester Headed to Cornell University

NORTH PLAINFIELD, NJ – North Plainfield High School (NPHS) senior Nikita Forrester was recently granted admission – with the full cost of tuition covered – to Cornell University for fall 2017. Forrester, who has been enrolled in advanced placement courses since the seventh grade, is currently ranked 8th out of the 238 graduating seniors in NPHS’ Class of 2017.

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“I have always taken my academics seriously,” said Forrester. “I find being self-motivated is what helped me reach my goals. [I am] always challenging myself in the extracurricular activities I’ve taken part in, along with my academics.”

In addition to excelling in the classroom, Forrester has also achieved success on the field as well. She played soccer and basketball throughout her high school career and ran track for three years. Additionally, Forrester, who served as captain of the high school’s varsity soccer and varsity basketball teams, was the recipient of an All-Skyland Conference Athlete Award for soccer and, earlier this year, the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) named her one of 2017’s National Girls and Women in Sports.

“I’m not a competitive person, but I do think it's important to push my peers,” Forrester said, adding that she credits her success to being comfortable asking for help. “I realized many times students are ashamed to ask for help, however, I think that’s a skill that has helped me a lot, not only in school, but outside of school.”

In addition to Cornell, Forrester applied to several other Ivy League universities, including Princeton, the University of Pennsylvania, and Brown. Forrester said she chose Cornell because components of the university, such as the environment, the academic rigor, and the opportunity to grow, were appealing. She plans to pursue a bachelor's degree in communication and possibly a minor in business. Forrester also hopes to study abroad in Europe and gain valuable hands on experiences through internships.

“[Nikita] stands out because she is tireless, works hard, and is never content to settle,” said Carrie Johnson, Forrester's AP literature teacher. “And also because she works so hard, she encourages others, and rallies up the class.”

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