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'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

'From fail to Yale': Sunset graduate overcame adversity to reach his goals

When Torrey Pines High School teacher Don Collins wanted to teach students a lesson in resiliency, he could think of no better instructor than his former student at Sunset High School, Nick Gulino.

Now 25, the same trouble-making kid who was kicked out of his geometry class so many times the principal threatened expulsion, has gone on to intern at the White House, graduate from UC Berkeley with honors and, in the spring, will be among the select few 200 graduates of Yale Law School.

Collins invited teachers to bring students to his Academic Survival classes on Dec. 20 and Dec. 21, where Gulino shared his story of transformation in the lecture hall.

“He went from one of...

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