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FROM: Jenna Webb
1800 Buhach Road
Atwater CA 95301
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1 December 2015
To Whom it May Concern,
It is my pleasure to recommend Shelby Wood for your scholarship. I am a fifth year English teacher at Buhach Colony
High School in Atwater, CA. I came to know Shelby when I was her English teacher in her sophomore year. The
course comprised analytical reading, writing, speaking, and listening, including evaluation of arguments and rhetoric.
Shelby distinguished herself by submitting an exceptionally well researched and interesting project on the
socioemotional impacts of helicopter parents. I would rank her in the top 3% of students that I have taught in the
past four years in respect of her writing ability and research skills.
Overall, Shelby is highly intelligent and has good analytical skills. Her project on helicopter parents demonstrated her
ability to come to a detailed understanding of the developmental impact on children, and to analyze the benefits and
possible consequences of those practices for American society. She gave a particularly interesting discussion of the
differing levels of student success, based on the amount of parent involvement. She rebutted arguments against
helicopter parents and supported her position with sound research. Her overall intelligence is also reflected in her
grades for the course, which were superior.
Shelby has excellent communication skills. Her written work is both clear and concise, and interesting to read. She
demonstrated her oral articulateness in the discussion sections that were an integral part of the course. Each discussion
section focused on a particular ethical dilemma. Students were required analyze morally problematic situations, and to
develop and argue for their own ethical views with regard to the issue in question. Shelby was highly proficient in
applying the course material in analyzing the problem situations. She always explained her views very concisely and
gave supporting arguments that were both clear and persuasive. Shelby also demonstrated good team working skills in
group assignments.
At a personal level, Shelby is a well-disciplined, industrious student with a pleasant personality. She went well beyond
the course requirements in the quantity and quality of her project, putting in a great deal of extra research and met with
me regularly to discuss her work. Throughout the course, Shelby demonstrated perseverance and initiative. She was
not only interested in and motivated to learn the material, but put great work into assimilating it to her own experience
and developing her own ideas about each ethical topic that we discussed.
Shelby is unquestionably an exceptional candidate for your scholarship. Shelby's work in English 2 suggests that she
would greatly benefit from the opportunities for intellectual development provided by a sustained period of study in
any educational institution. She has proven herself to have the perseverance and initiative, and the intellectual
creativity necessary to complete a collegiate degree. I would therefore highly recommend Shelby Wood. If her
performance in my class is a good indication of how she would perform as a collegiate student, she would be an
extremely positive asset to any university and is well-deserving of your scholarship.
If I can be of any further assistance, or provide you with any further information, please do not hesitate to contact me.
Yours Sincerely,
Jenna Webb
English Instructor
Buhach Colony High School
IB World School