Four Camden County College Graduates are Bound for the University of Pennsylvania

The graduates will study for a baccalaureate degree through Penn’s College of Liberal Arts and Professional Studies.

Four Camden County College graduates are heading to the University of Pennsylvania, one of eight Ivy League schools, the college announced this week.

The four Honors Program graduates heading off to receive an Ivy League education include: Scott Bonette, 26, of Voorhees Township; Angel Malone, 20, of Pilesgrove Township; Coraima Medellin, 20, of Winslow Township; and James Wallace, 20, of Haddon Township.

“I congratulate all of the students who graduated from Camden County College on May 17.  It was an honor for me to attend your graduation ceremony,” Freeholder Ian Leonard, liaison to Camden County College, said.  “I am excited that the College’s Honors Program helped to prepare four students to attend an Ivy League school to further their education.  I am sure that they will take full advantage of this extraordinary opportunity, and we will hear great things from them in the future.”

Bonette received an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences.  He had what he described as “a bad college experience” when attending the University of Pittsburgh after high school, but redeemed his academic standing at Camden County College. He is undecided about his Penn major, but is interested in film/TV production.

Malone earned an associate degree in communications.  She had average high school grades but excelled in the intensive, challenging classes offered through the Honors Program. She also will study communications at Penn.

Madellin graduated with an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences.  With dreams of attending Penn since high school, the 2014 New Jersey All-Academic Team member plans to pursue a baccalaureate in biological basis of behavior.

Wallace received an associate degree in liberal arts and sciences.  He says he 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.

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.

“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 said. “These students are shining examples and the main reason we started the Honors Program.”


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