Students holding their awards.

Students holding their awards.

By WillieMcGonigle

wmcgonigle@chesterspirit.com

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elaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green was at Chester High School’s annual Class Day last week to award nine graduating students who, when they attend college in the fall, will have an advantage over their classmates.

The advantage they hold is that this fall won’t be their first semester in college. When their peers were sleeping-in or hanging down at the beach, Larry Hice, Jr., Brandon Smith, Patrick Ubanou, Jahane Avery, Deontea Diggs, Shaionna Stovll, Martin Turner, Ciera Alston and Chanel Wright were all attending college.

The program was started last year by Janet Riley Ford, executive director of the Chester Youth Collaborative, and Green. It allowed those students the chance to experience the life of a college student before they even had their high school diploma.

Green has experience with what a summer program can do to help students prepare for college because he’s a father of four children who all went through a similar program.

Ubanou, who attended Neumann University in the summer and studied American Heritage, said the classes were good and that he learned more history than he ever did. This fall, Ubanou will attend Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

The other schools that participated in the program were Delaware County Community College and Villanova and Widener universities. Those schools were also honored in the ceremony and Green said the program will expand this summer to include

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