GPA and standardized test scores are obviously extremely important. However, Marist looks really hard for leadership in their perspective students. Marist is a popular school. Many of my friends say that they were the only ones accepted out of dozens that applied in high school. Extracurriculars definitely have a huge weigh on your application.
I bombarded them all year with updates in my life; like if I won a photography contest or if I got awarded something. They saw that I did not just stop working and trying because I was a senior but I was still striving to get into this school.
I did a lot of extra circulars. My SATs weren't that great but I don't think they take them super seriously. Look for leadership and volunteer opportunities. They can help you with whichever school you choose.
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