Students from Orange and Trenton High Schools Graduate from New Jersey SEEDS

Students from Orange and Trenton High Schools Graduate from New Jersey SEEDS 
NEWARK, NJ  -- (Marketwired) -- 06/11/13 --   New Jersey SEEDS is
pleased to announce that 30 seniors from Orange and Trenton Central
High Schools graduated last evening from the organization's College
Preparatory Program (CPP). CPP was launched in 2007 to develop the
academic potential of students in public high schools, with the goal
of increasing the number of students who aspire to, enter and
graduate from competitive colleges. This year's graduating class is
the first to include students from Trenton Central High School.  
"Our CPP scholars are tremendously committed to advancing their
education," explains SEEDS' President Ronni Denes. "It isn't easy for
high school students to give up two weeks each summer and every
Saturday during the school year for three consecutive years. Our
students realize what they are working toward and we support their
journey through academic development, college exploration, the
application process to competitive institutions and advocacy for
robust financial aid packages." 
This year's graduating class is the third from the College
Preparatory Program. Over the past two years, nearly 60 students from
Orange and Englewood (Academies at Englewood and Dwight Morrow High
School) have completed the program and enrolled in colleges and
universities across the country. 
"The Class of 2013 is an extremely hard-working and motivated group
of students," says Barry Ford, Dean of the College Preparatory
Program. "I'm extremely proud of all they have accomplished over the
past three years with SEEDS, and am confident they will continue to
strive for academic success in the future." 
During their time with SEEDS, students take academic classes focusing
on mathematics, language arts, writing, science, and ACT preparation.
Beginning in their junior year, scholars work closely with a corps of
volunteer mentors and SEEDS staff to navigate the college application
process, negotiate a financial aid package, and enroll in a higher
education institution. 
"I'd like to thank our students, their families, and their CPP
mentors for their dedication over the past three years," continues
Denes. "Because of their persistence -- and the unwavering support of
the Orange and Trenton Schoo
l Districts -- our students are looking
ahead to successful first semesters of college this fall. A very
special thank you to Mr. Brian Maher, the evening's keynote speaker,
who supported the Orange High School graduating class throughout
their SEEDS experience, and NRG for supporting this year's graduating
class from Trenton Central High School." 
The seniors who completed the college admissions process from the
Class of 2013 received 124 acceptances from 53 colleges across 14
states. Of these acceptances, 56 percent are to most, highly and very
competitive institutions, as ranked by Barron's.  
The New Jersey SEEDS College Preparatory Program (CPP) Class of 2013
College Decisions: 
Orange High School
 Louis Aduko - Manhattanville College
 Samuel Akande - Denison University
 Timothy Beckford - Albright College
 Shaquille Brown - Rider University
 Muldride Ceus - Rider University
 Tamisha Ceus - Ramapo College
 Sherley Dorcelian - Albright College
 Uchenna Eze - University of Southern California
 Aphnie Germain - Dickinson College *Valedictorian of OHS*
 Micaelia Gibson - Rider University
 Shahin Gumbes - Elizabethtown College
 Tyla McAlmont - Hobart and William Smith Colleges
 Kienesha McDonald - Hood College
 Najeer McEachin - Caldwell College
 Cassania Smith - Albright College 
Trenton Central High School - Main Campus
 Rosmery Almonte - Gettysburg College
 Nordia Bennett - Denison University
 Johnson Browne - Armed Forces
 Monayasia Davis - Albright College
 Jose Granda - Mercer County Community College
 Liz Lopez - Albright College
 Karla Ramirez - Mercer County Community College
 Henry Santizo - Mercer County Community College
 Irene Suarez - Mercer County Community College
Eddy Torres - Lehigh University *Valedictorian of TCHS - Main; SEEDS
Commencement Speaker* 
Trenton Central High School - West Campus
 Chartae Anderson - Denison University
 Torrie Garvin - Lasell College
 Sulamit Quezada - Albright College|
 Khadijah Thompson - Albright College
 Tayanna Washington - Rowan University 
The Class of 2013 Dinner and Graduation Celebration was held at The
Newark Club on Monday, June 10. Students and their families were
joined by New Jersey SEEDS Trustees, donors, staff, mentors and
friends to celebrate their accomplishments.  
For additional information, or to receive high-res photos or video
from the event, please contact Theresa Murray at
or at 862.227.9145. 
About New Jersey SEEDS
Since its inception more than 20 years ago, New Jersey SEEDS has
provided educational access for highly motivated, low-income students
and created a viable path for them to achieve their full potential.
SEEDS strives for a world in which young people's initiative,
creativity and intellect can flourish without regard to socioeconomic
status. To date, nearly 2,000 scholars have benefitted from its
programs. For more information, visit 
New Jersey SEEDS is grateful to the following corporations,
foundations and individuals for providing major support for the
College Preparatory Program: Barclays; C.R. Bard, Inc.; Roy and Marie
Cohen; Community Chest of Englewood; Paul and Elizabeth DeRosa;
Elizabeth and Barets O. Benjamin Charitable Foundation; HAPI
Foundation; Harbourton Foundation; Horizon Foundation; JPMorgan Chase
Foundation; The Laurenti Family Charitable Trust; Brian and Sandra
Maher; Mary Owen Borden Foundation; Novartis Pharmaceuticals
Corporation; Novo Nordisk, Inc.; NRG Energy, Inc.; Orange Orphan
Society; Overdeck Family Foundation; and Prudential Foundation. 
Contact information
New Jersey SEEDS
Theresa Murray
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