ELIZABETH, NJ - Eight students from St. Mary of the Assumption High School in Elizabeth participated in a three-week college seminar program this summer.

While they did not receive high school or college credit for the program, each student volunteered to spend their summer learning and discussing various issues around Identity.

“Remembrance and Women Across Time” was part of the program, which included a panel discussion with five leaders from the arts, education, law and community-based organizations who shared their personal stories and professional perspectives with the seminar participants.  

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The students Jared Perez, Gary Striggles Jr, Hilda Fernandez, Kiera Jones, Tykera Lewis, Sheydline Moise, Clinton Nnamdi, Adeleke Ode, and Marleen Plazaalso spent some time taking various trips across the area visiting the NYC Peace Fountain, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Schonberg Center for the Study of Black Culture, the Paley Center for Media, Princeton University, Trenton Capital Complex, Delaware River Crossing, and Watchung Mountain Observatory. 

When asked why he took part in the program student Adeleke Ode who will graduate in the class of 2016 said, ”I feel like life education, education outside of the classroom, is just as important as science and math. I like to join anything that lets me gain experience."

We also asked what he got out of the program and Ode’s reply was, "We learned things about history, about ourselves, and the world. We learned how to live our lives as better people. We learned about the world and how to be better citizens." 

St. Mary of the Assumption High School is located at 237 Broad Street Elizabeth, NJ 07202. For more information contact the Jaime DeLeon Director of Admissions 908-352-4350 Ext. 208