Meet Chelsea, the Adorable Winner of our Communiversity Guessing Contest

This is Chelsea. She is 7 years old. And she is a Jolly Rancher counting genius.

Chelsea, our adorable Communiversity Guessing Contest Winner

This year for Communiversity, we hosted a guessing contest. Caroline graciously allowed us to borrow one of her large vases, and we filled it up with Jolly Ranchers. A lot of them.

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The prize for the closest guess? A Chromebook, or even more exciting, a free month of tutoring!

The weather was chilly that day, but our booth was hot, hot, hot. We received over 700 submissions!

Can you guess how many Jolly Ranchers were in that vase? Scroll to the bottom for the answer.

Read below for an exclusive interview with our adorable winner.


An Exclusive Interview

Princeton Tutoring: So I see that you chose the Chromebook as your prize. Do you think that when you go home you’ll come to your senses and regret not signing up for tutoring sessions instead?

Chelsea: I don’t think so.

Princeton Tutoring: What do you plan on doing with your shiny new Chromebook?

Chelsea: Actually, I’m not really sure what it is yet.

Princeton Tutoring: I think you’ll figure it out. Everybody is dying to know – what was your secret? You beat out math PhDs, engineers, and former guessing game champions. Which method did you choose to calculate the number of Jolly Ranchers? The vase wasn’t a perfect cone or a perfect cylinder. How did you modify the volume formulas, and how did you account for the additional volume taken up by the wrappers and air?

Chelsea: I don’t know. I just guessed!!

Princeton Tutoring: That sounds reasonable. Thanks for your time today, Chelsea, and please remember to use your guessing powers for good, not evil.

Chelsea: Okay.

*We may have taken some liberties with our interpretation of the actual questions and answers


By the Numbers

  • # of submissions: 733
  • # of Jolly Ranchers: 1,365
  • Chelsea’s guess: 1,364
  • Smallest guess: 16
  • Largest guess: 1 quadrillion (seriously)
  • Median Guess: 1,000
  • Most Popular Guess: 1,000 (28 people guessed 1,000)
  • # of people who used a ruler: 5 (where did they get these rulers!)
  • # of people who tried to eat one of the Jolly Ranchers: 0 (impressive self control!)

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Studying Root Words: More Pokemon, Their Roots, and Related Words

As promised, here is a continuation of my list of Pokemon that are useful for vocabulary study!

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    • Related Words: tyrant, tyrannical, tycoon, typhoon, tyrannosaurus, tyronic, tyro, rogue
  • Piloswine uses the words “Pilose,” which means covered in hair and “swine,” which is another word for pig
    • Related Words: pilose, swine
  • Banette combines the words “bane,” which refers to a person or thing that ruins or destroys, or “ban,” to prohibit, and “marionette,” which refers to a type of puppet. It may perhaps sounds similar to the weapon, “bayonet.”
    • Related Words: bane, banality, banish, bandit, contraband, wolfsbane, marionette

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The Stuart Country Day School: An In-Depth Profile

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The Pennington School: An In-Depth Profile

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The Test Prep Strategy ALL Students Should be Using

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The Peddie School: An Inside Look

  Peddie_School_LogoFinimus Pariter Renovamusque Labores: “When we finish our labors, we begin them anew.”

The Peddie School’s motto encapsulates the spirit of this private school of Hightstown, New Jersey, located approximately eight miles from Princeton. By upholding the ethos of work, perseverance, and integrity, The Peddie School helps its students realize their potential as critical thinkers and leaders in a changing world.

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“Think Write”: A Summer Writing Workshop for High School Students (2015)

We are extremely excited to present a unique summer writing workshop for high school students in the Princeton, NJ area!

For more details and to sign up, please visit – http://www.princetontutoring.com/service/summer/summer-writing-workshop.

Below is a brief description of the program:

“Think Write” is a new 6-week writing workshop designed to prepare 9th through 12th graders for the unique challenges posed by writing at the high school-level. It is often a daunting prospect, even for advanced students. Part of what makes high school writing such a frustrating endeavor is ‘information overload’. High schoolers are exposed to a variety of new writing genres and concepts while simultaneously held to unrealistic grading standards that require students to demonstrate a mastery of writing that they have rarely been taught. Worse still, as students wrestle with these challenges, they do so at a time when skill in writing influences performance on A.P.s, SATs and other standardized tests and can strengthen or weaken a college application.

The “Think Write” program does not simply mimic a high school classroom and review what students encounter there. Instead, an extremely limited class size enables “Think Write” to deploy activities that encourage students to play with language, shape it and share their insights with peers. The program is a blend of Eton-style rigor with hands-on activities and collaborative projects that are both effective and creative. “Think Write” is designed to help students discover and utilize their strengths as writers, grapple with and conquer their weaknesses and, ultimately, forge a new relationship to writing that will facilitate future academic successes.

However, there is no strong writing without strong thinking.

More broadly, “Think Write” does not just offer students the tools to articulate their ideas and opinions; it is also engineered to help students hone their analytical reasoning skills (see “Program Structure” below for more details).Thus, students are able to not simply express ideas but to form them with greater complexity. To repeat a truism, writing makes thought visible; it also encourages writers to sharpen not just their pencils but their wit.

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The Hun School of Princeton: In-Depth School Profile

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Second in our profile series of local New Jersey high schools, The Hun School of Princeton places “a high value on a creative and rigorous traditional college preparatory curriculum.”

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The Lawrenceville School: A Princeton Graduate’s Perspective

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