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ACES-400x350Jonell Malone was born in Washington, DC, and raised in Montgomery County. A graduate of Blair High School, Malone chose Montgomery College because of its proximity to his home, its reputation, and its relative affordability.

While in high school, Malone participated in the College’s landmark student support program known as Achieving Collegiate Excellence and Success (ACES). It’s a collaborative effort among Montgomery College, Montgomery County Public Schools, and the Universities at Shady Grove to provide financial and academic support to underserved students to illuminate the pathway to a bachelor’s degree.

Malone handled the transition from high school to college well. He quickly realized all of the opportunities open to him when he set foot on the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus.

Now president of the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus student government, Malone is also a member of the Hillman Entrepreneurs Program and represents ACES at various community events throughout the county.

“Extracurricular activities are so important because they keep you focused and accountable. When you are a leader people look up to you, and you can’t let them down,” he said. “I’ve tried to create a purpose-driven life and be an example for others to follow suit.”

He is studying psychology at Montgomery College and dreams of opening up his own financial services business someday. Next fall, Malone plans to transfer to the University of Maryland to study industrial organizational psychology.

“Having the experience of being exposed to students and staff from new and different cultures other than my own, along with the one-on-one support I’ve gotten from faculty and staff, has really made mine the journey of a lifetime,” he said.