Salem county students earn college degrees before graduating from high school

    We all went to high school with over-achievers, but five students from Salem County Vocational-Technical High School have taken the term to a new level.

    Fred Adams of Millville, Jahyda Cortes of Quinton, Jessica Paulding of Pilesgrove, Ashley Phrampus of Millville and Jatayah Stevenson of Pittsgrove have put the other over-achievers to shame by earning their associate degrees from Salem Community College a month before their high school graduation.


    The students balanced a college course load on top of the already stressful high school experience.

    “It’s been a lot of work, but it has been worth it,” Adams told Today’s Sunbeam. “I’m getting ahead in my education. Most people don’t get this opportunity.”

    All of the students are currently enrolled in the Academy of Biological and Medical Sciences at the Vo-Tech. They all plan to pursue careers in medicine.

    Vo-Tech principal Jason Helder praised the students for their initiative, saying these five students will be an example to others who take the same path.

    Puts your cracked, wrinkled student of the month bumper sticker in perspective, doesn’t it?

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