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Dave Montesano spent 50 hours with Natasha Lalji. Her parents could afford his company's $3,200 fee, and the family wanted his advice on what would distinguish her from other students in the competition for a good college. She was of South Asian descent, not uncommon at the selective schools on her list. Her grade-point average at Seattle Preparatory School was 3.6. Her SAT score was 1220. She exhibited no specific talents or abilities above the norm except for one thing: she had traveled to...
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