For teens today, getting accepted to the college of their choice is harder than ever before.  But some students have the formula to academic success. 

We spoke with high school seniors at Country Day School in Fort Worth, and all agree their strong resumes got them into top universities.

17-year-old Shree Bose was accepted to Harvard.

“My cancer research was about drug resistance in ovarian cancer.”

Yes, Shree Bose is a scientist.  What started as a science project three years ago has turned into a medical breakthrough.

“We worked with this one drug called Cisplatin.  It’s a platinum based chemo therapy drug, and we were trying to figure out why cancer cells become resistant to this drug.  It holds huge implications for future cancer therapy because we can now take patients that are resistant to this drug treat them with an inhibitor and then treat them with a drug again.”

Her project got Bose an invitation to the White House this month.  Last year, Google awarded her the grand prize winner of its science fair competition.  Part of the prize included a trip to the Oval office. 

Fellow student Lauren Haley will attend Duke University in the fall.  Her schedule is as busy as any adult’s.

“I wake up like at 6:30 and I may have a Student Council meeting at 7:20 in the morning.  Then, we end the academic day at 3:30, and I go to ballet till 6pm.”

Allison Hunt is just as busy.  She will choose between West Point and The Naval Academy.

“Obviously academics are of foremost importance, but in addition to that universities look really heavily at leadership and academic involvement.  I'm on the swim team and cross country and track teams.   I'm really involved with my youth group at church and I'm part of the whiz quiz team here at school.”

Educators agree this doesn’t happen by itself.

“Having children that are so successful takes a lot of work.  It's your second job as a parent and it’s our first job as teachers. “

Sharon Hamilton has taught biology at Country Day in Fort Worth for more than three decades.

“Children need at least one person to make a commitment.  The time and effort invested comes back.  Know that that work was useful and that that work meant something.  Because these children can compete in the workforce.”