A Better Chance (ABC) of Wilton welcomed four new scholars this year \u2014 Emmanuel Bazile, Yanny Garcia, Alex Villanueva and Bianca Juca-Quito \u2014 who began their freshman year at Wilton High School on Monday, Aug. 31.ABC of Wilton is a nonprofit organization designed to prepare \u201cacademically promising scholars for life in today\u2019s complex world by acquiring a solid education and the work ethic to put it to good use,\u201d according to the organization\u2019s website.With the help of nearly 150 volunteers and the support of Wilton High School and the Board of Education, ABC of Wilton has graduated more than 30 scholars from Wilton High School over the past 17 years.ABC scholars are sponsored by local families, known as host families, who spend Sundays and one weekend a month with them. According to ABC of Wilton\u2019s website, spending time with a host family is \u201can important opportunity for the scholar to experience the Wilton community by being part of a family.\u201d Emmanuel Emmanuel, of Teaneck, N.J., decided to join the ABC program after a best friend\u2019s parents told him about it. \u201cTheir daughter previously went through the program and not only got into a great school but enjoyed the process,\u201d he said. \u201cMy friend\u2019s mother thought it would be great if I entered the program as well, which was one of the best decisions my family and I have made.\u201d Emmanuel said Wilton High School is providing him \u201ca great opportunity for an excellent education\u201d and has made him more interested in school. \u201cI have been enjoying my classes, which is a first. My teachers make the subject interesting and fun, which makes me want to be in class and learn,\u201d he said. \u201cFor the first time, I actually like waking up and going to school. I really enjoy every day here.\u201d Emmanuel said one of his favorite school subjects is geometry because it\u2019s challenging, and he finds Biology II easy and ceramics relaxing. He said Spanish is his \u201cfunniest class,\u201d but also \u201cgreat because our teacher makes it fun to learn and I like doing my Spanish homework.\u201d Emmanuel, who likes sports and being active, said he also enjoys his physical education class. \u201cAlmost any [sport] you name, I would have no complaints with playing it,\u201d he said. \u201cI just love competing and team activities.\u201d Emmanuel said he is surprised he enjoys his English and Western Civilization classes this year. \u201cMy English teacher as well as my Western Civilization teacher makes class not only enjoyable, we learn new things, and I have a great time,\u201d said Emmanuel, who wants to major in international business in college. Emmanuel\u2019s ABC host family is the Vogels, who he said are \u201cvery welcoming.\u201d \u201cI thought I would be homesick, but I\u2019m not so far,\u201d said Emmanuel, who hopes to take away \u201ca great education, a better future and become a better person\u201d through ABC of Wilton. \u201cThese next four years, I believe, will be great.\u201d Yanny Yanny, of Lawrence, Mass., joined ABC of Wilton because the educational system in her hometown isn\u2019t \u201cas high as Wilton.\u201d She said she is loving her experience at Wilton High School so far. \u201cIt is a great school with challenging courses and many social people,\u201d said Yanny, who enjoys dancing and has an interest in baby-sitting. Her favorite class is Spanish Honors, she said, \u201cbecause I love the feeling of being the only freshman in that specific course.\u201d Yanny aspires to work in the criminal justice system and said she is \u201cinterested in learning more about being a detective or FBI agent.\u201d \u201cWhat I\u2019m looking forward to most in the next four years is prom and achieving a 4.0 GPA, [which] I\u2019ve had since seventh grade,\u201d she said. The Sudanos are Yanny\u2019s ABC host family and she said she \u201cloves them already.\u201d \u201cThey are so funny and treat me like one of their daughters,\u201d said Yanny. \u201cWhat I hope to take away from my experience ... is the bond with my host family and resident directors. I also hope to spread my culture throughout the town and school.\u201d Alex Alex said he joined ABC of Wilton for multiple reasons \u2014 the primary being that he felt he would have a better chance of succeeding in a different school environment. \u201cABC has opened many opportunities for many children around the country, and I believed that I could be the next scholar to achieve their goal,\u201d he said. \u201cABC is like the key that leads to the open door in the future.\u201d Alex said his first week at Wilton High School was \u201cinteresting\u201d yet enjoyable. \u201cOn the first day of school, I really did not know how things would end up coming out,\u201d said Alex, who didn\u2019t expect to settle in so quickly. \u201cI was able to quickly memorize my schedule and pinpoint where my classes are, and everyone is just so friendly \u2014 they are amiable and easy going. I enjoy being here.\u201d Alex, who hails from the Bronx, N.Y., said Wilton is much different from his hometown. \u201cWilton is much better than most schools in New York,\u201d he said. \u201cIt is an academic challenge and a better opportunity than most schools in New York.\u201d Alex said math is his favorite school subject because he enjoys the challenge of \u201cfinalizing formulas\u201d and \u201cfinding new strategies to identify statements.\u201d He is taking Geometry II at Wilton High School this year. Alex said he believes in being well rounded. Outside of school, he enjoys playing soccer, baseball, football and reading books. \u201cSports are like my second life. It is what identifies my personality \u2014 I am an athlete,\u201d he said. \u201cReading is a passion that I have had since the second grade. I would always read books that are above my grade level.\u201d Alex \u2014 who aspires to become a stockbroker, lawyer, author or baseball player \u2014 said he is going to take the next four years \u201cstep-by-step\u201d and try to create lasting memories. \u201cWhat I want to take away from this experience is [to be able to] look back and say, \u2018Wow. Who knew that I had all this support to actually back me up?\u2019\u201d said Alex. \u201cHere at Wilton [High School], I am supported not only by the ABC scholars, but by the other kids as well.\u201d With the Etties as his host family, Alex said, \u201cI really think that these next four years will be a blast. \u201cThey are very friendly and easy to get to know,\u201d he said. \u201cThey are very cool people.\u201d Bianca Bianca hails from New York City and found out about ABC of Wilton through her parents, who, she said, are \u201calways looking for programs that could help my brothers and me reach our full potential.\u201d \u201cThe way our parents raised us made us all persevere to become the best we can be, no matter what obstacles there were,\u201d she said. \u201cThe ABC program was the way we could do this.\u201d Bianca said Wilton High School is \u201cincredibly different\u201d from schools back home. \u201cIt\u2019s more advanced,\u201d she said, \u201cand I\u2019ve noticed how friendly all the students are at school.\u201d Bianca said her favorite school subject is math, \u201cbecause the answer never changes and you cannot have different interpretations of the same answer.\u201d \u201cI like the certainty in math,\u201d she said, \u201cnot the \u2018Yeah, that\u2019s a good answer, but what other answer can we get?\u2019\u201d Although she isn\u2019t quite sure what she wants to be in the future, she knows she doesn\u2019t want to do anything that involves sitting in an office all day \u2014\u00a0\u201cI need to move.\u201d Bianca said she is \u201cnaturally sporty\u201d and will play any sport, although she particularly loves basketball. \u201cI also enjoy dancing hip-hop,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s a way of getting rid of stress for me.\u201d Over the next four years, Bianca said, she is looking forward to making new friends, learning about Wilton High School and hopes to get an internship. Bianca is being hosted by the Cassaras, who, she said, are \u201creally funny and extremely adventurous.\u201d With her host family, Bianca said she has tried \u201cmany new things \u2014 things I would have never been able to make my own family do.\u201d \u201cThey are an extremely fun family,\u201d she said. Bianca\u2019s message to students looking to apply to ABC of Wilton is: \u201cDo it \u2014 you won\u2019t regret it.\u201d \u201cYou learn a lot from everyone and you get a new perspective of things,\u201d she said. \u201cIt\u2019s amazing here at Wilton [High School].\u201d Click here\u00a0to learn more about ABC of Wilton.