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Saluting Our Graduates
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Saluting Our Graduates
Charlie Hoffman | Maria Palar | Lorand Laskai | Angela Miskis
Ilanna Kowski | Jonathan Lopes | Anita Wamakima | Shariq Madha

Age: 21
Hometown Hillsborough
Future Plans: Transferring to Cornell University to complete a bachelor’s degree. Plans to attend graduate school to continue studying veterinary medicine.
Honors/awards: President’s/Dean’s list: all semesters; Galileo Scholar
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa
RVCC Experience: I decided to attend RVCC because it was financially a good choice. Its academic reputation for a community college is excellent and it is a convenient distance from my home in Hillsborough. RVCC has been a perfect starting point as I continue to build my academic foundation.

Age: 33
Hometown Somerset
Future Plans: Transferring to Sarah Lawrence College to major in sociology. Plans to pursue a career in social research. One of 60 students nationally to win the 2011 Jack Kent Cooke Undergraduate Transfer Scholarship. Alumni Representative to the RVCC Board of Trustees.
Honors/awards: Phi Theta Kappa: 2011 International Distinguished Regional Officer and Middle States Region Alumni Transfer Scholarship Recipient, 2010 International and Regional Distinguished Chapter President Award, and 2009 & 2010 International Honors Scholar; 2011 RVCC Academic Honors Achievement Award; 2010 Alex Vilden Scholarship recipient; 2009 All NJ State Academic Team Member & All USA Academic Team Nominee; 2008-2011 Galileo Scholar; 2008 Pepsi Scholarship recipient
Activities: Phi Theta Kappa: 2010-11 Middle States Regional President, 2009-10 Chapter President, and 2008-09 Chapter Treasurer; 2008-09 Astronomy Club Treasurer
RVCC Experience: RVCC provided me with many opportunities to grow and develop academically, as well as personally. I became more confident and I was able to strengthen my academic credibility, which ultimately landed me a full ride to my four-year college.

Age: 19
Hometown Berkeley Heights
Future Plans: Transferring to Swarthmore College to study political science. Ultimate goal is to become a diplomat in the US Foreign Service.
Honors/awards: 2010-2011 All-NJ Academic Team; 2010-2011 Nota Bene entry; Ray Bateman Award Recipient-1st place essay contest; Most Original Paper Award, RVCC’s Regional Philosophy Symposium; President’s List
Activities: Philosophy Club President; RVCC ONE Vice President; and Vice President of Hallmarks, Phi Theta Kappa
RVCC Experience: Coming out of high school with a mediocre GPA and little chance of getting into a desired college, I decided RVCC could offer me another chance at my dream school. RVCC provided me with unsurpassable opportunities to grow. I found myself surrounded by an esteemed professorate, which accommodated my voracious appetite to learn, often over coffee or lunch, and a conscious student body brought together by scholarly activities like Phi Theta Kappa. I'm confident that the education I've received over the past two years, inside and outside the classroom, has provided me with the skills necessary to deal with the challenges ahead.

Age: 24
Hometown Miami, Fla.; lived in South Orange while attending RVCC
Future Plans: Transferring to the School of Visual Arts (SVA) to complete a bachelor’s degree. Received the Silas H. Rhodes Scholarship, the highest scholarship SVA awards to incoming students. Eventually plans to complete an MFA.
Honors/awards: Academic scholarships, RVCC Foundation & Phi Theta Kappa; Global Outreach Award, 2009-2010 academic year, for work as RVCC ONE President; Spring 2011 Visual and Performing Arts Department Award for Academic Excellence; work selected to be included in upcoming issue of nota bene
Activities: RVCC ONE President, Fall 2009-Spring 2011; Phi Theta Kappa: 3 Star Membership
RVCC Experience: I had a fantastic experience at RVCC and it was mainly due to the breath and strength of its art program and faculty. Professors were the main catalyst to my academic success; they continuously critiqued my work, always pushing my artistic abilities to become stronger, and often went the extra mile to satisfy my own intellectual curiosity. They were always there, willing to help and challenge me in any possible way.

Age: 19
Hometown Washington
Future Plans: Transferring to Rutgers Business School and majoring in finance with a minor in statistics. Plans to pursue a master’s degree in Financial Statistics and Risk Management at Rutgers.
Honors/awards: President’s List: Spring 2010, Fall 2011; Dean’s List: Spring 2011; Phi Theta Kappa; Alpha Beta Gamma
Activities: Student Ambassador: Fall 2011;  R.E.A.L. Club
RVCC Experience: RVCC allows students to get accustomed to college-level coursework along with clubs, sports and jobs. I benefited a lot from RVCC. It allowed me to focus on my coursework and I began working as a tutor in the Academic Support Center. It was a great transition from high school.

Age: 19
Hometown Lopatcong
Future Plans: Transferring to Ramapo College to study history and education. Eventually pursue a master’s degree.
Honors/awards: 2010-2011 Phi Theta Kappa Most Distinguished Regional Chapter Officer; 2010-2011 Phi Theta Kappa Most Distinguished International Chapter Officer; 2010-2011 RVCC Vice President of the Year Award Recipient; Completion of the 5 Star Competitive Edge Program; and 2010 Recipient of a RVCC Merit Scholarship
Activities: 2010-2011 Phi Theta Kappa Vice President of Leadership; 2010-2011 RVCC Student Ambassador; 2009-2011 RVCC Service Learning; 2010 & 2011 RVCC Relay For Life Committee Member
RVCC Experience: My time at RVCC has been the best time of my life! My self-confidence has increased dramatically! I now know the potential I have in being able to manage many responsibilities. I have encouraged several of my Phillipsburg High School friends to consider RVCC

Age: 18
Hometown: Green Brook
Future Plans: Graduate of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, transferring to Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Goal is to become a physician.
RVCC Experience: I was able to get a sense of college courses and also learned how to manage my time, which I believe is the most valuable lesson of all.
Benefits of Academy: I wanted to become a doctor from the 6th grade, and I believed the Academy would help me. I believe an advantage I have over other first-time college students is that I know how hectic a schedule can get and how to handle it, instead of complaining or breaking down.

Age: 18
Hometown Bridgewater
Future Plans: Graduate of the Academy for Health and Medical Sciences, transferring to McGill University. Eventually plans to go to medical school.
RVCC Experience: It gave me a jump-start on college life while still in high school, and will allow me to shorten my time at another university.
Benefits of Academy: I do believe it was the right choice because it definitely helped give me a leg-up on my education. I have experience with college courses, which is beneficial not only from a pure knowledge standpoint, but from the experience of the type of class a college class is when compared to high school courses.

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