Harvard University is considered to be the most difficult college in the world of which to receive admission. For the Harvard incoming class of 2019, this was no different. With 43,330 top applicants from around the world vying for less than 2000 spots in the class of 2023, Harvard’s acceptance rate reached an all-time low of 4.5%. With these statistics, it seems that one could only dream of gaining admission, but for one student at Loogootee High School, that dream became reality. Maxwell (Max) Christmas will be the first person in Loogootee High School’s history to attend not only an Ivy League institution, but Harvard University, for his undergraduate studies. Max received notification of his admission to Harvard on March 28, along with admission to Brown University, University of Notre Dame, Cornell University, and Duke University.
Max plans to study Biomedical Engineering at Harvard University’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. While in college, he plans to conduct research to improve the treatment of type one diabetes, as he and his mother are afflicted with this disease and manage it on a daily basis.
Max is the son of Dan and Shelley, and twin to brother Sheldan, all from Loogootee.