Meet our 2014 Diploma to Degree Graduates

At the end of the 2013-2014 school year, 18 Baltimore County Public Schools seniors from nine high schools will receive both high school diplomas and associate degrees. These students are the first cohort of the Diploma to Degree program, a collaborative initiative of BCPS and the Community College of Baltimore County. All of the students are graduating from CCBC with Honors, and the cohort has an average BCPS grade point average of 3.65. Four achieved 4.0 grade point averages at the college.

Below are student names, the high schools they are graduating from, short quotes (if available) about their experiences in Diploma to Degree and their college plans. (Photos courtesy of Artemas Photography)

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Anna Aladiev
George Washington Carver Center for Arts and Technology

Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County

 

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Samantha Beverati
Perry Hall High School

"From gaining free college experience three years prior to my peers to learning invaluable lessons that I can apply both in and out of the classroom, the D2D program has impacted my life in innumerable ways… I wouldn't change the experience even if I had the change – it has been worthwhile and beneficial. Although I am still not entirely sure what I want to pursue in my future, the least I can say is that I am now far better equipped to find out."

Will attend Towson University

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Anya Byrd
Western School of Technology and Environmental Science

"The experience was eye-opening for me. It was a great learning experience."

Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County to major in biology and biochemistry

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Kaylyn Clark
Catonsville High School

"It was fun to be in college with college students but it was stressful at times, especially with taking multiple AP courses during the school day."

Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County to major in biology

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Harrison Collins
Eastern Technical High School

Will attend Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

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Kate Delossantos
Eastern Technical High School

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park

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Lindsay Edwards
Dulaney High School

"Over the years, the D2D program has allowed me to have many incredible experiences that have helped me grow not only as a student but as a person."

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park

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Kelli Goetz
Dulaney High School

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park

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Meera Kesavan
Catonsville High School

Will attend Johns Hopkins University

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Christina Krastel
Perry Hall High School

"I wanted to pursue D2D because I perceived it as a challenge and I wanted to be exposed to a school setting with a diverse population of students with different interests."

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park to major in architecture or civil engineering

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Hannah Matecko-Conti
Catonsville High School

"The experience was an eye-opener. I learned a lot about independence. I felt that the CCBC teachers were very accommodating, even if they didn't know that I was in the D2D program."

Will attend St. Olaf College to major in Asian studies and mathematics

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Kathy Nguyen
Randallstown High School

"The experience was good. I feel like it was different because, in my classes, there were older people from different backgrounds that contributed to the learning environment."

Will attend George Washington University to major in computer science

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Joseph Pezzulla
Dulaney High School

"D2D has not only given me an opportunity to get a head start on my higher education, but also to have a chance to get to know dozens of people through my classes whom I would have never had the opportunity to meet otherwise." 

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park

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Ian Robinson
Eastern Technical High School

"It was a challenging, but rewarding, experience overall. When I started, I had to learn very quickly that the way to succeed in college was very different from high school. The learning curve of changing my work ethic was large, but I was able to overcome it. In the end, the skills that I learned will allow me to be successful when I attend a four-year university."

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park to major in computer science

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Rachel Snyder
Owings Mills High School

"The D2D program was a perfect match my abilities. My courses at CCBC continuously supplied the rigor and the mature atmosphere that I wanted."

Will attend University of Maryland, Baltimore County and major in pre-veterinary studies

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Michael Stavros
Kenwood High School

Will attend University of Maryland, College Park

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Shiza Tanveer
Catonsville High School

"I learned to go out of her comfort zone and do things that I wouldn't normally do. I feel prepared for four-year college now and I have an idea of what to expect."

Will attend New York University to major in biology and chemistry

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Emily Stoll
George Washington Carver Center for the Arts

"Honestly, the experience was fantastic. Yes, there were late nights and added stress, but it was always manageable, and the things I learned are innumerable. What made this experience invaluable was the non-academic things I learned, too. CCBC attracts a variety of people for various reasons, and many of the students are more than happy to share their stories."

Will attend Johns Hopkins University to major in environmental engineering

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