Clarence B. Jones “I Have a Dream” Scholars – Given each year, starting in 2013, to an outstanding graduating male student from Palmyra High School that represents excellence in advocacy and public service. From 2018, the CBJ Scholars will include a male and female each year. Angelica Johnson was the first female CBJ Scholar. This award is given to a student that comes from a working class family or non-traditional family who has instilled high expectations in their child and has been accepted to an university or college. This student demonstrates honorable qualities such as dedicating himself to the pursuit of personal excellence, avoiding adverse conduct and understanding in life there are no “free-passes.” This student is a visionary who has the ability to dream and see the world as a place of unlimited possibilities and creates that environment wherever he/she goes.
Colin Cattell - 2018
At a young age, Colin Cattell is the embodiment of altruism and social advocacy. Along with excelling academically in high school, Colin not only seeks out ways to enhance the life of his family and friends but is active in his community assisting in small and significant ways. Along with shoveling snow for neighbors in the winters, Colin recently produced the documentary, 1851 Riverbank Manor which includes groundbreaking research about ties to the Underground Railroad and his hometown of Riverton, New Jersey.Read More
During his senior year at Palmyra High School, Colin was a recipient of the 2018 Princeton Prize in Race Relations certificate award as well as being the only student to receive a Burlington County Education Association 2018 Award. He received the Global Awareness, Government or Civic Award for Achievement in Public Schools.
Colin plans on majoring in Political Science at Drexel University in the fall of 2018. His will pursue a career in the field of politics/public service. Colin’s future goal is to be President of the United States. His favorite high school memory was when Dr. Clarence B. Jones returned to Palmyra High School in 2017 and visited with the student body.
His thoughts on being a CBJ Scholar: “This award holds a great deal of meaning and I am proud to be its recipient. Graduation is a highly momentous occasion, and I was honored to receive this award during mine.
Angelica Johnson - 2018
Angelica Johnson is the first female student to become a Clarence B. Jones Scholar. In 2018, the Dr. Clarence B. Jones Institute for Social Advocacy expanded its scholarships to include females students. Angelica is an exceptional student who excels in academic, athletics, fine arts and serving others.Read More
Academically she was in the top 10 percent of her high school Class of 2018, being a member of the National Honor Society and the Spanish National Honor Society. She was on the varsity tennis, Winter Cheer team, marching band, concert band and choir. Conscientious of the environment, she was a member of the Environmental Science Club. As a member of student council she demonstrates strong leadership ability. Her participation in the Interact Club, which creates opportunities to serve others, allowed Angelica to influence communities in a positive way. Angelica is also the first National QuestBridge Scholar at Palmyra High School. Out of over 15,000 applicants, she was one of less than 900 students who were selected as QuestBridge Scholars and received a full scholarship to the school of her choice, Haverford College. Her ambition is to attend medical school to become a psychiatrist, so that she can spread mental illness awareness in minority communities.
Her feelings on being the first female CBJ Scholar: “Having Clarence B. Jones come to Palmyra was an amazing experience that I hope I’ll never forget. This award completely made my night…it all truly means the world to me.”