Â Hudson County Community Collegeâ€™s Class of 2013
JERSEY CITY, N.J. / May 15, 2013 â€” Hudson County Community College President Dr. Glen Gabert announced that David Tadros of Bayonne has been chosen as Valedictorian for the Collegeâ€™s Class of 2013.
Â David Tadros is not what many people would consider a â€œtraditionalâ€ college student, insomuch as he is older â€” 26 years of age â€” and had postponed pursuing a college education until just two years ago. Whatâ€™s more, he is â€œsurprisedâ€ by the fact that he has been chosen as Valedictorian, despite the fact that he carried a 4.0 grade-point average throughout the two years he was studying at the College.
Â The son of Egyptian immigrants, Mr. Tadros states that he was â€œa bad student in high school,â€ earning mostly Câ€™s and Dâ€™s.
Â After losing his job and not being able to find full-time work in 2011, Tadros decided to attend Hudson County Community College, and began working towards his Associate of Arts Degree in Liberal Arts – English. In addition to working part-time in the Collegeâ€™s student labs, he resurrected the Collegeâ€™s student newspaper, The Orator, and served as that publicationâ€™s Editor. Mr. Tadros was a member of Beta Alpha Phi, the Collegeâ€™s chapter of the Phi Theta Kappa international honor society, and was involved in a number of community projects as well as Co-Vice President of Communications. In addition, he was presented with first prize in Arts & Entertainment/Critical Writing, two-year college category, from the New Jersey Collegiate Press Association 2012-13 College Newspaper Contest for his review of â€œAssassin’s Creed 3,â€ a video game.
Â Mr. Tadros credits one of his professors â€” Deborah Kanter â€” for his academic success, stating, â€œShe gave me the confidence I didnâ€™t have. She nurtured and honed my writing skills.â€
Â He also applauds his fellow students for their accomplishments: â€œI look up to the students who are parents and had to work and raise a family (while studying). I didnâ€™t have too much to worry about; I only worked part-time. They deserve the praise.â€
Â After graduating, Mr. Tadros â€“ who currently works full-time in Bayonne â€“ will attend Rutgers University – New Brunswick and study journalism on scholarship. He states that if he should pursue a Masterâ€™s degree, it will be at Columbia University, and that he would love to move to San Francisco and write about video games.