Morristown, N.J. (November 30, 2016) – Marie Monka Pepe, '20, of Pleasantville, N.J., is a legacy student at the College of Saint Elizabeth, having followed three of her sisters here. Marie Marceline graduated in 2008, Marie Noelda graduated in 2009, and Yanick graduated in 2012.
Marie Monka, known on campus simply as Marie, but as Moe to her family, is creating her own legend. A 16-year-old freshman in college, she skipped the third grade and was able to finish both her high school junior year and senior year at the same time.
She attended the Performing Arts High School in Somers Point, N.J., and discovered her love of musical theatre. She performed in the high school productions of "Little Mermaid" and "The Wiz" among many other popular productions. Once she is firmly settled at CSE, she would like to consider starting a drama club. Marie loves to be in church, singing, dancing, and serving as a lay lector and lay minister.
"I work in Holy Family Chapel and spend time with the sisters," Marie says. "I am trying to set up a fund for helping the Sisters of Charity who work in Haiti."
Her immediate aspirations are to become involved in the governing of CSE by representing her class as vice president. She also plays tennis.
Marie is an Educational Opportunity Fund (EOF) student as were two of her three sisters.
"Being part of the EOF summer program really helped me to transition into college life," Marie explains. "I was nervous about living away from home, but Mr. Woodward (director of EOF) and Professor John Kizzie, were wonderful in helping me, not only with studying, but also with feeling at home here."
She learned that when other students are around her, she was more apt to study than socialize.
The Pepe family feels that CSE is the right choice for their family.
"I am proud of Moe for deciding to attend CSE," says her sister Yanick. "If she has any of the same professors I had, or any of the same mentors, I am sure they'll help her refine her talents so that she can develop into an extraordinary leader."
Her studies in business, mathematics, music and education will give her a well-rounded background for the options she is considering upon graduation.
"I would like to have a music production business that focuses on discovering new talent," she explains. "But I also can see myself as a math teacher in a high school."
"Everyone at the College cares for each and every student," Marie says. "I am going to get a great education!"