Most parents like to brag about their kids, but when it comes to bragging rights, Andrew Alvarado and Talia Rutledge Alvarado have no match. The daughters three are amazing, to say the least.
Chances are you may have read the article about the youngest, Seraphina Shutt, in the Lincoln Times-News "Rolls for the soul--Middle school student bakes for a cause" (March 30, 2020).
This article is about Isabella Shutt, a senior at West Lincoln High School who had her senior year cut short by the COVID-19 pandemic but who has a bright future ahead.
Any parent would be proud to say that one of their daughters had been named a Morehead-Cain scholar. Isabella was--but she's not likely to go to UNC. As a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, she will have her college tuition and much more provided at whichever school she chooses; and her choices are something special. She was accepted first to Princeton, which may finally be her choice. She'd like to attend the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy there. But then, she may wind up at Harvard and the Kennedy School. She's been accepted there and at Columbia, where she has been chosen as a John Jay Scholar, which will not only pay her tuition and room & board but offer financial aid for summer research travel. She's already been doing much of that--as a Jack Kent Cooke Scholar, she has been involved in summer programs in Costa Rica, Chicago, and Connecticut. She has also been accepted at Duke University, Vanderbilt & Williams College, one of the so-called 'little Ivys.' Should she choose Williams, she'll be given a Stephen H. Tyng Scholarship which not only pays for her college, but includes an extra $5,000 annually for summer learning opportunities.
Of course, Isabella didn't get all those offers to attend those prestigious colleges without doing a lot of impressive work in high school. Not only has she been an extraordinary student, she has supplemented what the school had to offer with online learning including multivariable calculus and other math and science courses.
She's politically active; she started the Teen Democrats while in high school,
and she may want to pursue a career that relates to that. She also loves math and when we asked about her career choices, she said, analysis for public policy--not the answer you might get from most high school students.
More than an outstanding student, she was on the tennis and swim teams all four years at West Lincoln. She also loves to read and likes cooking and baking--but admits that her sisters are probably better at it than she.
Now that you've read about two of the amazing sisters, let us mention the third. Middle sister Genevieve Rose, now 15 and a sophomore at West Lincoln, is also a superior student. She and Isabella competed together in DECA competition, taking third place in the state and first in the district. Genevieve and Isabella were lab partners for AP Biology--where she was the only sophomore in the class. She writes for the Letter Project, which sends uplifting letters to girls struggling with mental health and self-esteem issues.
Talia says of her middle daughter, "Genevieve has been Isabella’s best friend. She has played with her, competed with her, fought with her, advocated for her, listened to her, been her biggest fan, and fiercely loved and supported her. If you spoke Isabella’s name within earshot of Genevieve throughout their years in school together, Genevieve heard you whether she chose to respond or not. This is love in action, and I am proud to have the privilege to call each of these amazing young women my beloved daughters."