Jackie Ma, a senior at Lynn English High School, has been accepted for admission to Harvard University in Cambridge as a member of the Class of 2016.
Ma, currently the No. 2-ranked student academically among 368 students in the LEHS senior class, was accepted through Harvard’s Early Action Admissions Program. More than 35,000 candidates have applied for the 1,660 seats in Harvard’s incoming freshman class.
Principal Thomas Strangie joined faculty and staff in congratulating Ma on her acceptance to Harvard.
“Jackie is an outstanding student who brings a lot of credit to the school and her family,” said Strangie. “We couldn’t be more proud. She’s a fantastic young lady.”
Ma learned of her acceptance to Harvard via email on December 15.
“I was really surprised but my family and I were really excited,” said Ma, whose older brother, George, an English alumnus, just graduated from Norwich University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering. “I guess attending Harvard has always been in the back of my mind. I intend to study in the sciences at Harvard.”
The daughter of Jack and Amy Ma, Jackie is a product of the Lynn school system, having attended the Lincoln-Thomson Elementary School and Breed Middle School before entering Lynn English as a freshman.
Of her experience at English, Ma said, “My years at English have been wonderful. I couldn’t have asked for a better high school experience. My teachers are amazing. I love this school.”
Ma also praised the assistance and support of guidance counselor Karen Twomey during the entire admissions process.
“Ms. Toomey has done so much for me in my four years at English,” said Ma. “She’s always been there to support me and encourage me to do my best.”
Ma was inducted into the National Honor Society. She has also served as an editor-in-chief of the school newspaper, a section editor of the school yearbook, president of the French Club, and a member of the Latin Club, Asian-American Club, and the Recycling Club. As a junior, she received the Harvard Book Award.
Ma has visited Harvard and toured the campus and its facilities. As a freshman, she will reside in Harvard Yard.
“I’m really excited about the next four years,” said Ma.