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CCC Honors Program Sending Four Class of 2014 Members to the Ivy League

 

Four of Camden County College’s Honors Program students who are graduating as members of the Class of 2014 on May 17 are enrolling next at the University of Pennsylvania, one of the most esteemed institutions of higher education in the United States. The Ivy League-bound quartet includes Scott Bonette of Voorhees, Angel Malone of Pilesgrove Township, Coraima Medellin of Winslow Township and James Wallace of Haddon Township.
 
Each of them will be studying for a baccalaureate degree through Penn’s College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies (LPS), which was started as a program for working adults but now serves traditional-age students as well. According to Professor Jennifer Hoheisel, director of the Honors Program, LPS provides local students with Ivy League stars in their eyes a second or unforeseen chance to study at the prestigious university.
 
“Maybe they weren’t accepted right out of high school, or maybe they wouldn’t have even applied then,” Hoheisel says. “But they’ve done something different since and are now at a more mature point in their lives to be able to take advantage of an opportunity like this.”
 
Bonette, 26, associate’s degree in liberal arts and sciences, had “a bad college experience” when attending the University of Pittsburgh after high school but redeemed his academic standing at CCC. He is undecided about his Penn major, but is interested in film/TV production.
 
Malone, 20, associate degree in communications, had average high school grades but excelled in the intensive, challenging classes offered through the Honors Program. She also will study communications at Penn.
 
Medellin, 20, associate degree in liberal arts and sciences, always dreamed of attending Penn but didn’t get in after high school. The 2014 New Jersey All-Academic Team member plans to pursue a baccalaureate in biological basis of behavior.
 
Wallace, 20, associate degree in liberal arts and sciences, never dreamed he’d be attending an Ivy League school and is excited by his “once in a lifetime opportunity.” He plans to major in either political science or international relations.
 
Hoheisel, assistant Honors Program director Professor Nancy Raftery and Honors Program faculty Professor Claire Berger developed a relationship between the Honors Program and LPS by meeting with a team from Penn. The goal of this connection was to help CCC’s Ivy League-caliber students get what they needed to realize their potential.
 
“Camden County College has students who have all of the ability and all of the motivation and all of the work ethic to really go to top-notch schools,” Hoheisel says. “I think that is the main reason we started the Honors Program.”


Published: May 15, 2014