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C&CR Announce Valedictorian, Salutatorian, and Scholarship Recipient

Robeson Community College’s College and Career Readiness (C&CR) Department announced the Adult High School Valedictorian and Salutatorian for the class of 2020.

James Zamor, the Valedictorian, was born in Saint-Marc, Haiti.  He came to the United States in 2017 speaking Haitian Creole and French with limited command of English.  He started his educational journey at RCC in the English as a Second Language (ESL) program.  He soon transitioned to the Adult High School program.  While pursing his diploma, Mr. Zamor worked at Prestige Farms, mentored other students, and was invited to speak to community leaders at one of C&CR’s Advisory Council meetings.  He has now transitioned to curriculum classes with ambitions of studying radiography and later gaining his citizenship.

Wisemene Cajuste, the Salutatorian, was also born in Saint-Marc, Haiti.  She came to the United States with her brother and mother in 2015, when she was in the 10th grade, speaking Haitian Creole and French with limited English.  She also began in the ESL program before transitioning to the Adult High School program while also working at Smithfield and Kayser-Roth.  Ms. Cajuste plans to start curriculum classes at RCC with hopes of being admitted into the Nursing program upon completion of prerequisites. 

Ismael Virgile is the 2020 recipient of the Mary J. Peterkin Scholarship.  Ms. Virgile immigrated to the United States with her family from Cap-Haitien, Haiti in 2018.  She enrolled in the ESL class and quickly transitioned to the Adult High School program while also taking the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) class.  During this time, she also worked second shift at Kayser-Roth.  After completing the ABE program in November and the CNA class in December, Ms. Virgile began working as a nursing assistant and enrolled in curriculum classes to pursue a career as a nurse.

Pictured left to right: Wisemene Cajuste, James Zamor, Ismael Virgile

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