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> Surely kids as brilliant as these ones sound are getting full scholarships to college?

I see it's been a while since you went to college. Let me introduce you to a concept called "need-based aid:" it's virtually impossible to get a full-tuition scholarship at a top school based on academic achievement.

See also, market segmentation -- http://www.joelonsoftware.com/articles/CamelsandRubberDuckie...

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