Last Friday’s Town Hall Meeting brought surprise and celebration to Building 21 Allentown. Penn State Lehigh Valley leadership and the Nittany Lion hand-delivered an acceptance letter and scholarship award to Marilyn Reyes, a senior student who has committed to attend PSU-LV. Marilyn is the first student from Building 21 Allentown who was accepted and committed to a Penn State campus. Dr. Tina Richardson, Chancellor, and Dr. Douglas Hochstetler, Academic Affairs Director, both were present to award Marilyn and celebrate with her family and the Building 21 community.

“Marilyn has been on our radar for almost a year. She attended our Teen Entrepreneur Challenge last summer where she developed her entrepreneurial spirit. We know she’s a go-getter, and cannot wait to see what she does next,” said Dr. Richardson, before presenting Reyes with Penn State Lehigh Valley gift bag and vest.

Marilyn is excited to attend PSU-LV this coming fall. She plans to study Agricultural Science and major in Agribusiness. “I first became aware of Penn State when I attended the Teen Entrepreneur Challenge at Penn State Lehigh Valley last year. I got to visit main campus during it and got to see how Penn State is very committed to its students,” said Marilyn. “I chose Penn State Lehigh Valley because then I can start college while living at home and then continue on to main campus after two years. It’s the best option for me. Today meant a lot to me, it shows Penn State cares about their students.”

Tesla Comunale, Building 21 Allentown’s Assistant School Leader, comments on Marilyn’s accomplishments: “What makes Marilyn’s accomplishment so special to Building 21 is that Marilyn has committed to her dream school to pursue her dream career. A career she didn’t know existed before entering Building 21. She discovered this passion in a new Urban Ag course we began to offer two years ago. In addition, she pursued it further with the love and support from not only her family but also mentors she met in her internship and pathway studios. Marilyn’s story is a true example of how the work we do goes beyond our classroom walls. She took the opportunities in front of her and has created a pathway of success. We are so proud of her.”

This senior class is Building 21 Allentown’s first graduating class. Five additional students from Building 21 Allentown were recently accepted to Penn State. Congratulations to Marilyn and all of the students and thank you to PSU-LV for celebrating the accomplishments of our students.