On Monday, November 20, Greg Silver, Link’s director of admissions and high school placement, was honored by the Wight Foundation at their annual Advocate Appreciation Dinner at the Metropolitan Baptist Church in Newark. Edwina Polynice, Link Class of 2017, presented, on behalf of the Foundation, the “Community Advocate Award” to Mr. Silver for “supporting students in their pursuit of knowledge and opportunity.” Edwina, who participated in the Wight Foundation’s program while at Link, is currently a freshman at Groton School in Massachusetts.
The Wight Foundation is an educational enrichment program with the mission “to provide superior educational opportunities for young men and women of the Greater Newark area to achieve academic excellence and personal development within a boarding school environment. The Foundation fosters the development of each scholar’s leadership potential and helps him or her gain confidence to be successful both in and out of the classroom.” The Foundation prepares students for acceptance into college preparatory boarding schools, providing the students guidance in high school and in applying to college.
Over the years, many Link students have been accepted into the Wight Foundation. Mr. Silver has been instrumental in ensuring that academically talented Link students apply to the Foundation for this unique opportunity. In his role as high school placement director, he prepares, guides, and supports Link students and their families through the rigorous high school placement process so that they are accepted into the high school that best suits them. After they are accepted, Mr. Silver works diligently to help the families find scholarships and financial aid. 100% of Link graduates each year are accepted into at least one, and often more, high schools of their choice – independent day schools, Catholic day schools, and private boarding schools. The Class of 2017 earned over $4.3 million in scholarships and aid for high school.