Drew Chamberlain is just one of nine Augusta Prep STAR students through the years who have chosen Tim Shafer as his STAR teacher.
This year, he’s also just one of four students in Shafer’s advanced AP Calculus class, standing out from a very small crowd with his “amazingly accurate” work, Shafer said.
“It’s really great to see one who has the brilliance of mind and the ability to just keep details straight,” said Shafer. “It’ll serve him well.”
But Chamberlain, who scored a perfect 800 on the math portion of the SAT en route to a school-best 2270 to win the STAR student title, wasn’t always so intensely focused on math – and he’s planning his next educational steps with a broad range of interests in mind.
“I still haven’t committed, but I’m 95 percent sure I’m going to Harvard,” where he’s already been accepted, Chamberlain said. He’s still waiting to hear from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, but even if accepted still leans toward Harvard.
“Harvard has more of a balanced education than MIT,” Chamberlain said. “MIT is stronger in math and sciences, but I’m not sure I want to be solely focused on math and science. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life yet, so I want to have a broad range of educational experiences, explore my options and see what’s out there.”
Chamberlain already enjoys a wide range of activities in school. In addition to competing on the math team, he’s also a member of the varsity tennis team, a singer in the school quartet and chorus, and serves as secretary/treasurer of the senior class. Shafer has no doubts about Chamberlain’s future success.
“Any STAR obviously has a lot of talent, and then the discipline to take care of it,” he said. “Drew exemplifies that in a very special way.”