The colorfully-named Amber Green has years to go before she can claim her Promise, but rest assured, the soon-to-be freshman at Hillhouse High is going to be a New Haven Promise Scholar.
An eighth grader at the Troup School, the talented singer and musician will likely march right on to the band at Hillhouse, but her mind is already on her studies. And she is keeping her expectations sky high. “I’m not planning on getting any Bs,” Amber said. “That’s my expectation — As. I shoot for As and higher. No A-minuses.”
Having been in the New Haven Public School system and lived in the City her whole life means that when she meets her expectations, she will be a Promise Scholar in the Class of 2017 and look to follow her brother’s footsteps at an in-state college. Justin is a sophomore music major at Western Connecticut State University in Danbury. An older brother, Jameson, is enrolled as a senior at the School of Visual Art in Lower Manhattan.
“Amber learns a lot from her brothers and is looking forward to college because of what she learns from them,” said her mother Tamra. “I’m very proud of her because she pushes herself and she pushes me to push her.” Tamra and her husband, Ronald, have emphasized education for all their children.
Amber hasn’t settled on an academic path, though she currently favors writing. Yet she is quick to admit she has a number of ‘fallback’ plans, which include everything from medicine to fashion design to culinary arts.
There is plenty of time for her to figure that out, but she is certainly further along than many given the Troup School’s emphasis on college, which includes a monthly ‘college day.’
“To be in Troup School, you have to know about New Haven Promise,” Amber says.
Band as a way of life
As Amber begins her high school career, she’s carefully chosen a school that has a band, an activity she says is very important to her and her school experience. Here, Amber plays a short bit on the trumpet: