Sabrina Sequeira is One of Three Jonathan Dayton Seniors Accepted to Princeton

Sabrina Sequeira Credits: Chip Dickson
Dr. Norman Francis, Shir Kalati, Sabrina Sequeira and Destiny Martins Credits: Chip Dickson
Sabrina Sequeira receiving U.S. Marine Distinguished Music Award with Sgt. Edwars Credits: Chip Dickson
Sabrina receiving Jonathan Dayton Award for Academic Excellence in English with Principal Dr. Norman Francis Credits: Chip Dickson
Sabrina receiving Union County Superintendent's Scholar Award with Emily Hochreiner and Principal Dr. Norman Francis Credits: Chip Dickson

SPRINGFIELD, NJ – Sabrina Sequeira is one of three seniors from Jonathan Dayton High School who will be attending Princeton University in the fall.  The other two graduated seniors are Destiny Martins and Shir Katali.  They enter Princeton University as members of the Class of 2021, a very selective class.  The acceptance rate was just 6.1%.

Sabrina is a lifelong resident of New Jersey.  Her parents moved to the United States and settled in New Jersey.  Her mom and dad are both from Portugal, and her mom grew up in Mozambique.  She has a sister who is eight years older. 

Their first stop for here in New Jersey was Union. Then the family moved to the Township of Springfield in time for Sabrina to attend elementary school.  Because of her parents she speaks Portuguese.  She also speaks Spanish.

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Sabrina applied early action to Princeton and was accepted in December of 2016.  She is a member of the 2017 National Honor Society, Jonathan Dayton Chapter.   Speaking of her achievement, Sabrina said “I want to thank my family, the faculty and administration of Jonathan Dayton for all of their support.”

She was very successful academically and participated in many of the activities at Jonathan Dayton.  Her academic focus at Jonathan Dayton was science, but she also excelled at language and mathematics.  That last math class she took was multivariable calculus.

She did a lot more than just study and attend class.  She was actively involved in many of Dayton’s extracurricular activities.  For instance, she was a member of the Concert and Jazz Bands and Choir.  She participated in the high school musicals as a member of the stage crew.  She was also a member and Co-President her senior year of the Medical Careers Clubs.  The members of the club went to Overlook Hospital to volunteer and learn more about medical careers.

Besides volunteering, Sabrina also played tennis and really liked taking dance lessons outside Jonathan Dayton.  She went to the local dance studio, Turning Pointe, and hopes to continue dancing when she attends Princeton.

She likes Springfield and she likes the schools.  Sabrina described the community as “….welcoming” and said she “…has made many friends from many different backgrounds.”

Besides making the National Honor Society, Sabrina was well recognized at the 2017 Senior Awards.  Her honors received included the Union County Superintendents’ Scholar; U.S. Marine Corps Distinguished Music Award; Jonathan Dayton Award for Excellence in English, Spanish, and Mathematics; Springfield Mayor’s Day at Baltusrol Golf Club Scholarship; Philip D. and Victoria Torrisi Memorial Scholarship; Lions Club of Springfield Memorial Scholarship of Excellence – James M. Duguid:  Volunteerism; and Jonathan Dayton Faculty Scholarship.

For the class of 2021, Princeton accepted 1,890 students out of an applicant pool of 31,056.  That is an acceptance rate of just 6.1%.  The only lower acceptance rates among Ivy League schools belonged to Columbia at 5.8% and Harvard at 5.2%.   According to, Princeton was the fifth hardest college to get into in America behind California Institute of Technology, Harvard, Yale and University of Chicago.  This is quite an accomplishment for Sabrina, Destiny, Shir, their families and Jonathan Dayton High School.   

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