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Thank you, SOY: Letters from alumni

March 22, 2012

Trevor has asked select SOY alumni to write these letters for you to read, in order to convey insight from those who actually went through SOY. I can honestly say, from the bottom of my heart, that SOY has changed the lives of kids who could have gone down a much different path. And for the students who were already working in the right direction, SOY encouraged them to do even better and held them to the absolute highest standards.

Despite how much Trevor talks up the SOY program and the incredible way it has affected students, he cannot possibly speak highly enough about it. Words simply fall short of how great SOY is and the impact it has had.

My name is Charlie Umansky, and I graduated from Estancia High School in June of 2011. I was a member of the SOY scholarship program from 2008 until graduation. SOY played a significant role with my grades, and I received straight As through high school, took on eight Advanced Placement classes, and graduated at the top 2% of my class.


I am currently studying business administration with a concentration in finance at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.

SOY helped me develop an effective work ethic, one that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. If you or anyone you know has any more questions about me or about the SOY program, I will most readily be available to answer them through email at Thank you again, and enjoy your evening.


Charles L. Umansky

SOY Scholar, Class of 2011

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