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Maria Clarissa Palma, John Marshall School of Information Technology

Notable: Played on the John Marshall Campus girls rugby team

High school resume: Salutatorian, member of the National Honors Society, vice president in student government, made High Honor Roll, earned 36 credit hours from Cuyahoga Community College.

Plans for the future: Attend Cuyahoga Community College to become a registered nurse and then obtain a bachelor’s of science degree in nursing from Cleveland State University. Plans to work as a pediatric nurse.

Challenges faced: Making sure she had all the credits needed to graduate.

Who deserves the most credit for her success? Her family, especially her dad. Her biggest supporter and motivator.

Quote:  (On advice to give an incoming high school freshman) “I would tell them to stay focused, work hard and have fun. If you are not having fun, you are not going to get through it.”